Nicholas T. Parsons

Nicholas T. Parsons

NICHOLAS T. PARSONS is a freelance author, translator and editor based in Vienna. A graduate of New College, Oxford he spent two years in Italy teaching at the British Institute of Florence and as Reader in English at the University of Pisa before returning to the UK to work in publishing for ten years in the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984 he settled in Central Europe with his Hungarian wife, the art historian Ilona Sármány, and has since published some 18 books on cultural topics, writing also as Louis James. These include the Blue Guide Austria and the Blue Guide Vienna as well as the first English guide to Hungary to be published following the “system change” of 1989. His essay-length Xenophobe’s Guide to the Austrians (Louis James) has been in print for 20 years. His more recent books are Worth the Detour: A History of the Guidebook from Pausanias to the Rough Guide; Vienna: A Cultural and Literary History and A New Devil’s Dictionary, which updates Ambrose Bierce’s satirical take on disingenuous language. In 2019 he published Civilisation and Its Malcontents: Essays on Our Times (Hungarian Review, 2019).

DOUGLAS MURRAY ON THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE

Multiculturalism is in its essence anti-European civilisation. It is basically an anti-Western ideology. Samuel Huntington If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell Not long before the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris I happened to

THE REFORMATION IN HUNGARY

“The peculiar paradox of the Reformation was its essentially ambiguous character,for it was at once a conservative religious reaction and a radically libertarian revolution.” Richard Tarnas: The Passion of the Western Mind Having been reared by an Anglican mother and a Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) father, I have always considered

MOTHERLAND AND PROGRESS: HUNGARIAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN 1800–1900

The title, and indeed the first words, of this magnificent book are “Motherland and Progress” (“Haza és haladás”), which alerts readers to the fact that this is not just a dry tome for architectural specialists, but a work that places building in 19th century Hungary in its social and political

ISLAM, ISLAMISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

Two Decades on from Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations Some Westerners, including President Bill Clinton, have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations1 The concept of “human rights” does

VIENNA VIGNETTES – A NOTE ON EDUARD HANSLICK

For much of the twentieth century a chorus of Wagnerites and Modernists has fixed the image of Eduard Hanslick, dubbed by Verdi the “Bismarck of Viennese music criticism”, as a reactionary curmudgeon trapped in the aspic of formalism and clinging to a narrow canon that began with Mozart and more

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? – REFLECTIONS ON PAUL COLLIER’S EXODUS

Both the narratives that immigration drives down wages for indigenous workers and that immigration is economically necessary are false. The truth is that moderate migration has economic effects on the indigenous population that in the short and medium term are mar- ginal and most probably positive. Any long term effects

‘BELEAVERS’ AND ‘REMOANERS’: BREXIT AND THE ANTI-DEMOCRATS

We have a Treaty under which there is no possibility of paying to bail out states. Angela Merkel, 2010. [As of October 2015, total approved bailout to eight EU partners was 525.8 billion euros.1] There can be no democratic choice against the European Treaties.Jean-Claude Juncker (Le Figaro, 28 January 2015.)