“In this elaborate, intellectual portrait of the collapsed Austro-Hungarian empire, Hugo von Hofmannsthal emerges as a man whose accomplishments and eloquence have left him utterly unprepared for the desolation of history. A meditation on the artist’s struggle to bring to life one’s own age, even as that age dissolves, and to make use of time as time makes use of us. A beautiful book.”

Adam Klein, author of The Medicine Burns and Tiny Ladies