Breakfast at Tiffany's A production of the Wiener Konzerthaus in the text version by Hans Mrak - with Markus Meyer, recitation, Chris Hopkins and Thilo Wagner, piano
The writer Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924. He grew up in the southern states until his mother brought him to New York when he was eight years old. At the age of nineteen, he received the "O. Henry Prize" for his short story "Miriam". His novel "Other Voices, Other Spaces" was published in 1948 and was celebrated as the debut of a literary prodigy. This was followed by the short story collection "Baum der Nacht" in 1949, the travelogue "Lokalkolorit" in 1950 and the novel "Die Grasharfe" in 1951.
Published in 1958, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", about the fun-loving but mysterious and enigmatic party girl Holly Golightly, achieved great fame thanks to the film adaptation with Audrey Hepburn. The novel is a touching satire of "high class" New York society in 1943 during the last years of the war. Holly Golightly dreams of advancement: she does not like to remember her bleak past as an orphan and young wife; in the big city she hopes for a better life at the side of a wealthy man. For her, the jewelry store on Fifth Avenue becomes a symbol of the freedom and security she longs for. The inspiration for the character in the novel seems to come from several women - including those close to Capote - and there are some parallels between Holly Golightly and Capote's mother.