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Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna
Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna in a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. She lives between Vienna, Austria and Washington, D.C., and has been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Ms. Christoff-Kurapovna's first book, Shadows on the Mountain, a non-fiction history of intelligence operations in World War II Yugoslavia, was published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, in 2009. In early 2018, her first novel, The Last Will and Testament of Western Man, will be published. She writes a column for the Mises Institute, "Swiss Watch," and currently works as an advisor on and analyst of the fine arts market and European Old Masters. Visit her website.
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Is Time itself best understood by those things in life which are Time-less? Such is the main question posed in The Habsburg Manifesto. Habsburg is not a political play but a philosophical one, whose main theme is the inner nobility of the individual as that which withstands...
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There is that special category of exquisite, practical gift that, by the very nature of its fussy simplicity, imparts an unusual kind of sensuousness to the beholder, who thus becomes the proud owner of a refined bit...
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The narrative quality of yacht-building—the poetry, the lore—does not exist today. Lost is the craft of designers like William Fife III, who bestowed the ever-changing, fickle waters of the sea with modern meaning and contemporary epic... ...
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"The East is another name for the West"—Sufi proverb In Memory of Stephen J. Masty T.E. Lawrence When, in happier days, she was inscrutable "Arabia," and felix the plucky cognomen-ex-virtute honoring a mythological lineage...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the importance of the idea of the forest to man's notions of his "rootedness" and his destiny, and of time. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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“A post-mortem examination of the brain of Nietzsche might conceivably show us the particular atypical form of paralysis from which he died. But what would this have to do with Zarathustra?” — Carl Gustav Jung Ezra Pound

For my brother Rather, I would have liked that we had been golden siblings, arm-in-arm along the lakeshore, or hair flying on white bicycles, past the haunted mansions, past the boat clubs and peaks of clean sail fluttering on blue sheets...
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"... then Perceval was told that because he did not ask why the Lance bled or whom the Grail served, his land would become even more waste and desolate..." —Arthur C. L. Brown, The Bleeding Lance (1910)
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Whatever hope is yours, was my life also; I went hunting wild/ After the wildest beauty in the world... —Benjamin Britten, The War Requiem (1962) The Century begins and ends with the third movement of the Eighth Symphony under...

—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden, Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither Living nor dead, and I knew nothing, Looking into the heart of light, the silence.    ...
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Lorenzo ‘Il Magnifico‘, on his death bed, turned his face away from Savonarola to look outside at his City as the priest exhorted him to repent of Florence. The prince refused to answer, gazed at the Duomo, sighed...
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"Listen to me, Mr. Ambassador, F--- your parliament and your constitution.... If your prime minister gives me talk about Democracy, Parliament and Constitution, he, his Parliament and his Constitution may not last very long"     ...
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If, on your next trip to Vienna, you set out to understand the personality of this lovely world-capital-that-is-not-a-city, there are three must-sees during your time here that will give you the proper sense of a Durrellian spirit of...
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Oh! What a Revolution! And what a heart I must have to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall!  —Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France On the 20th...