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The Radio family : [The German List].

Author: Ingeborg Bachmann; Mike Mitchell
Publisher: Seagull Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Radio Family was a radio soap opera that was broadcast by Radio Rot-Weiss-Rot (Red-White-Red) in the American sector of occupied Vienna in the 1950s. Presumably conceived as a contribution to the re-education of the population after the defeat of the Nazis, the programmes focused on the Florianis, an 'ordinary' middle-class Viennese family, 'eavesdropping' on them in their everyday life. Topics of current  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ingeborg Bachmann; Mike Mitchell
ISBN: 9780857422033 0857422030
OCLC Number: 899758831
Description: Online-Ressource (361 S.)

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The Radio Family was a radio soap opera that was broadcast by Radio Rot-Weiss-Rot (Red-White-Red) in the American sector of occupied Vienna in the 1950s. Presumably conceived as a contribution to the re-education of the population after the defeat of the Nazis, the programmes focused on the Florianis, an 'ordinary' middle-class Viennese family, 'eavesdropping' on them in their everyday life. Topics of current interest were regularly introduced in an incidental manner. The series was a great success with the public, so much so that when Austria regained its independence in 1955 the newly established Austrian Radio found that it could not simply axe the programme and it continued to be broadcast until 1960. Ingeborg Bachmann was at the beginning of her writing career when she became a member of the script team of three in 1951. The fifteen scripts she contributed were thought lost until they turned up in the literary estate of one of the other writers, Jörg Mauthe, in the 90s. They provide a fascinating and often amusing picture of the way Austria saw itself-or, perhaps, wanted to see itself-in the early 50s. In situations ranging from birthdays parties, holiday plans to Christmas shopping and a visit to the theatre, they reaffirm middle-class Viennese Gemütlichkeit, despite the occasional difficulty of making ends meet. Other more serious topics are touched on, from the problems of displaced persons, profiteering and currency fraud in the commercial sector, the appreciation of modern art and even, briefly, Austrians' involvement in the Nazi period.

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