"She was thinking back to the year 1910
and picturing the newly opened Strudlhof Steps
in the Alsergrund district of Vienna, where her husband,
whom she'd married such a short time before,
had kissed her all of a sudden on a warm evening in autumn
when it smelled of the leaves lying on the stone stairs."
Heimito von Doderer, "The Strudlhof Steps"
Melzer, and the Depth of the Years
tranlated by Vincent Kling
1) English translation of the novel, by Vincent Kling
2)Heimito von Doderer Society
3) For more pictures of the Strudlhofstiege, click here, please.