August 2011

Evelyn Schlag's "Touche"

Evelyn Schlag is a Viennese schoolteacher and writer. She writes primarily short stories. Her short story “Touché” illustrates the consequences of forgetting about Austrian history by the combined forces of a lack of interest in history and the silence of the previous generation of Austrians. She doesn’t form her own ideas, but instead lets her boyfriend Georg, a German nationalist, form them for her. She also seems to be an example of the more modern Austrian generations who doesn’t appreciate Austrian history and therefore seems doomed to repeat it.