Austrian Cultural Forum Celebrates Publication Of Walter Kappacher’s Palace Of Flies

Join New Vessel Press and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York for a panel discussion and musical performance to celebrate the publication of

Translated from German by Georg Bauer

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 at 7 P.M.

At the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street (betw. Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10022

Reception to follow

Kindly RSVP to [email protected]



Welcome by Dr. Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

  • Presentation by Professor Michael P. Steinberg (Brown University)
  • Presentation by Professor Fatima Naqvi (Yale University)

Musical interlude:

  • Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen

Aria from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
(libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal)

  • Zueignung

Lied by Richard Strauss
Performed by Christoph Stocker (vocals) and Joanne Chew-Ann Chang (piano)

Discussion moderated by Michael Z. Wise, New Vessel Press

Musical interlude:

  • Ständchen
  • Morgen!

by Richard Strauss
Performed by Christoph Stocker (vocals) and Joanne Chew-Ann Chang (piano)

Reception to follow



This absorbing, sensitive novel portrays a famed author in a moment of crisis: an aging Hugo von Hofmannsthal returns to a summer resort outside of Salzburg that he visited as a child. But in the spa town where he once thrilled to the joys of youth, he now feels unproductive and uninspired, adrift in the modern world born after World War One. Over ten days in 1924 in a ramshackle inn that has been renamed the Grand Hotel, Hofmannsthal fruitlessly attempts to complete a play he’s long been wrestling with. The writer is plagued by feelings of loneliness and failure that echo in a buzz of inner monologues, imaginary conversations and nostalgic memories of relationships with glittering cultural figures. Palace of Flies conjures up an individual state of distress and disruption at a time of fundamental societal transformation that speaks eloquently to our own age.

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Banner Image: Palace of Flies cover art. Image Credit – Austrian Cultural Forum

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