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John Irving's Vienna / Das Wien von John Irving

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Hidden : 04/06/2010
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See Vienna through John Irving’s eyes. The first 6 stages are in Vienna’s center and you can easily walk or bike between them. The final cache will require the UBahn (U4), a car or a 40-minute bike ride. The cache is in a park; during the winter, the park closes between 17:30 and 18:00, while in the summer it stays open until 20:00 or 21:00. In the spring and fall, it closes around 18:30 or 19:00. It always opens early, at 06:00 or 06:30.

V4 - EDIT 2014/11/06: tiny edit to clarify fomula - coords haven't changed, though

John Irving (born 1942), award-winning American novelist and screenwriter, lived and studied in Vienna for a year during the early 1960s. Irving used Vienna and its streets, hotels, cafes and historic buildings as the setting for many scenes in his novels. The City of Vienna, during its 2005 “Eine Stadt, Ein Buch” (One City, One Book) program, gave away 100,000 free copies of Irving’s first novel "Setting Free the Bears" (1968). Vienna was its main setting. The cache will be found near a place that figured prominently in Irving’s novels.

Stage 1: University of Vienna
N48°12.780
E016°21.657

John Irving studied here on a scholarship for a year in the early 1960s. Go to the plaque that reads “Part of Europe” at the front of the building and count the number of stars. This number is A.

Stage 2: Volksgarten, Grillparzer Statue
N 48°12.438
E016°21.638

"The World According to Garp", Irving’s fourth novel. After his graduation from high school, Garp and his mother Jenny, both aspiring writers, move to Vienna for a year. There they discover a nineteenth-century Austrian writer, Franz Grillparzer, of whom Garp is not too fond. “Garp was not interested in plays and poems, but he went to the library and read what is considered to be Grillparzer’s outstanding prose work: the long short story “The Poor Fiddler.” Garp thought that Grillparzer’s famous story was a ludicrous melodrama; he also thought it was ineptly told and badly sentimental.” Garp titles his first short story “The Pension Grillparzer,” about a man who works as a restaurant and hotel inspector. Count the number of Grillparzer’s works highlighted here. This number is letter B.

Stage 3: Staatsoper
N 48°12.157
E016°22.105

In "The Hotel New Hampshire", a group of anarchist radicals plan to blow up this building. “…after we destroy an institution that the Viennese worship to the disgusting extreme that they worship their coffeehouses – that they worship their past…” The destruction was thwarted, however, by a blind man named Freud and a family of expat hostages. Count the bronze statues above the main entrance. This number is C.

Stage 4: Zur Wiener Staatsoper Hotel
N 48°12.236
E016°22.299

The hotel that stands on these coordinates was the inspiration for the hotel in Irving’s fifth novel, "The Hotel New Hampshire". “Father viewed the lobby, while his old, blind mentor leaned on him for support. And what was Father seeing this time? I wondered. What castle, what palace, what deluxe-class possibility looming larger and larger…” How many stars does this hotel rank? This number is D.

Stage 5: Schwindgasse 7
N 48°11.848
E016°22.436

Irving lived on this street while studying in Vienna. It is also the street where many of his characters live, including the Marter family of "Setting Free the Bears" and Jenny and Garp of "The World According to Garp".

"Setting Free the Bears". The Marter family returns to their apartment after the Russians occupy parts of the city immediately after WWII: “When Grandfather drove over the sidewalk and into the lobby, some Russian soldiers in the former Bulgarian Embassy put the floodlights on them from across the street. Papers were shown again, and Grandfather spoke a little dated Russian – relying on his experience from the foreign-language reading room to send the soldiers away. Then, before they unloaded the taxi, they went up to the first landing, found the keyhole rusted, and shoved against a previously weakened lock bolt – springing open the door.”

"The World According to Garp." “Jenny and Garp moved into a cream-colored, high-ceilinged apartment on the second floor of an old building on the Schwindgasse, a little street in the fourth district. They were right around the corner from the Prinz-Eugen-Strasse, the Schwarzenbergplatz, and the Upper and Lower Belvedere.”

The apartment building is directly across from the Bulgarian Embassy and, in the 1960s, was adjacent to the Polish Reading Room, which no longer exists on this street. Count the number of apartments in this building. This number is E.

Stage 6: The Cache
N 48° (B+C).0(D*E+B-D)
E016° (E+C-D).0(A*B+E+C)

Near this place is the setting for Irving’s first novel, “Setting Free the Bears.” This is also the setting for one of Garp’s novels, Procrastination. Spend some time here and consider exploring the park and gardens.

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V4 - EDIT 2014/11/06: kleine Unklarheit in der Final-Formel ausgebessert

John Irving (geb. 1942), preisgekrönter amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Drehbuchautor, hat in den 60er Jahren ein Jahr lang in Wien gelebt und studiert. Irving hat Wien und seine Strassen, Hotels, Kaffeehäuser und historischen Gebäude als Schauplätze in vielen Szenen seiner Romane verwendet. Die Stadt Wien hat bei der „Eine Stadt, ein Buch“-Aktion im Jahr 2005, 100.000 Gratisexemplare von John Irvings erstem Roman "Lasst die Bären los" (1968) verschenkt. Der größte Teil dieses Buchs spielt in Wien. Betrachten Sie Wien durch die Augen von John Irving, indem Sie den beschriebenen Stationen folgen.

Die ersten sechs Etappen befinden sich im Zentrum Wiens und sind leicht zu Fuss oder mit dem Rad zu erreichen; für die letzte Station muß man die U-Bahn benützen (U4), mit dem Auto oder ca. 40 Minuten mit dem Rad fahren. Der Cache befindet sich in der Nähe eines Ortes, der in John Irvings Romanen eine wesentliche Rolle spielt. Er befindet sich in einem Park, dessen Öffnungszeiten je nach Jahreszeit unterschiedlich sind. Normalerweise wird der Park während der Wintermonate zwischen 17:30 und 18:30 Uhr geschlossen, im Sommer erst um 20:00 oder 21:00 Uhr. Im Frühling and Herbst, wird er um ca. 18:30 oder 19:00 geschlossen. Er öffnet immer zeitig - um 6:00 oder 6:30 Uhr.

Station 1: Universität Wien
N48°12.780
E016°21.657

John Irving hat ein Stipendium bekommen und Anfang der 60er Jahre für ein Jahr lang hier studiert. Gehen Sie zur Gedenktafel, auf der „Part of Europe“ steht, auf der Vorderseite des Gebäudes und zählen Sie, wie viele Sterne abgebildet sind. Die Zahl ist A.

Station 2: Volksgarten, Die Statue von Grillparzer
N 48°12.438
E016°21.638

"Garp und wie er die Welt sah", Irvings vierter Roman. Nachdem Garp seinen Schulabschluss macht, ziehen er und seine Mutter, beide aufstrebende Schriftsteller, für ein Jahr nach Wien. Dort entdecken sie einen österreichischen Schriftsteller des 19. Jahrhunderts, Franz Grillparzer, von dem Garp aber nicht allzu viel hält. “Garp was not interested in plays and poems, but he went to the library and read what is considered to be Grillparzer’s outstanding prose work: the long short story ‘The Poor Fiddler.’ Garp thought that Grillparzer’s famous story was a ludicrous melodrama; he also thought it was ineptly told and badly sentimental.” Garp hat seine erste Kurzgeschichte „Die Pension Grillparzer“ genannt – sie handelt von einem Mann, der als Restaurant- und Hotelprüfer arbeitete. Zählen Sie die Werke Grillparzers, die hier hervorgehoben werden. Diese Zahl ist Variable B.

Station 3: Staatsoper
N 48°12.157
E016°22.105

Im Roman "Hotel New Hampshire" plant eine Gruppe von radikalen Anarchisten, dieses Gebäude in die Luft zu sprengen. “…after we destroy an institution that the Viennese worship to the disgusting extreme that they worship their coffeehouses – that they worship their past…” Die Zerstörung wurde jedoch durch einen Blinden namens Freud und eine Famile von Auswanderern, die als Geiseln genommen wurden, vereitelt. Zählen Sie die Bronzestatuen über dem Haupteingang. Die Zahl ist C.

Station 4: Zur Wiener Staatsoper Hotel
N 48°12.236
E016°22.299

Das Hotel, das an diesen Koordinaten steht, hat Irving zu dem Hotel inspiriert, das in seinem fünften Roman "The Hotel New Hampshire" vorkommt. “Father viewed the lobby, while his old, blind mentor leaned on him for support. And what was Father seeing this time? I wondered. What castle, what palace, what deluxe-class possibility looming larger and larger…” Wie viele Sterne hat dieses Hotel? Diese Zahl ist D.

Station 5: Schwindgasse 7
N 48°11.848
E016°22.436

Irving lebte in dieser Strasse, als er in Wien studierte. Es ist diesselbe Strasse, in der viele seiner Charaktere wohnen, einschliesslich der Familie Marter in "Lasst die Bären los" und Jenny und Garp in "Garp und wie er die Welt" sah.

"Lasst die Bären los". Famile Marter kehrt in ihre Wohnung zurück, nachdem die Russen nach dem 2. Weltkrieg Teile der Stadt besetzt hatten: “When Grandfather drove over the sidewalk and into the lobby, some Russian soldiers in the former Bulgarian Embassy put the floodlights on them from across the street. Papers were shown again, and Grandfather spoke a little dated Russian – relying on his experience from the foreign-language reading room to send the soldiers away. Then, before they unloaded the taxi, they went up to the first landing, found the keyhole rusted, and shoved against a previously weakened lock bolt – springing open the door.”

"Garp und wie er die Welt sah". “Jenny and Garp moved into a cream-colored, high-ceilinged apartment on the second floor of an old building on the Schwindgasse, a little street in the fourth district. They were right around the corner from the Prinz-Eugen-Strasse, the Schwarzenbergplatz, and the Upper and Lower Belvedere.”

Das Wohnhaus ist direkt gegenüber der bulgarischen Botschaft und war, in den 60er Jahren, in der Nähe des polnischen Leseraums, der nicht mehr dort ist. Zählen Sie die Wohnungen/Klingeln in diesem Haus. Diese Zahl ist E.

Station 6: Der Cache
N 48° (B+C).0(D*E+B-D)
E016° (E+C-D).0(A*B+E+C)

In der Nähe dieses Platzes handelt Irvings erster Roman "Lasst die Bären los". Dieser Platz spielt auch in einem von Garps Roman, "Procrastination", eine Rolle. Bleiben Sie ein wenig dort und erforschen Sie den Park und Garten.

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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