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In an interview on another occasion, Prochnik expanded on Viennan culture at the time Zweig was young:

"This was a group of people who lived so entirely in their imaginations that I think it was a kind of pathology, it wasn't healthy. It created some beautiful things but it was, it was such a strained and relentless reliance on worlds of the mind, that, the physical city I think was always something lapping at the edges of people's consciousness and often lapping in a very dark a deleterious fashion." - George Prochnik


Iceskating in Vienna just before the First World War 

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