Books

Alice Urbach’s Stolen Cookbook

The bestseller by a society caterer and celebrity chef in interwar Vienna was aryanized, her name erased from history. Now, a century later, her granddaughter reveals her story.

Is Liberalism Dying? A Look at What Went Wrong After 1989

“The Light that Failed: A Reckoning” by IWM fellow Ivan Krastev and NYU professor Stephen Holmes explains what went wrong with Western liberalism.

Book Review | Daniel Kehlmann & The Power of Mockery

In Tyll, widely-acclaimed German-Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann reinvents a medieval legend to unmask the fatuity of rulers and the wisdom of tricks.

Yale Historian Frank Snowden on Epidemics and Society

Yale professor of medical history Frank Snowden’s sweeping analysis of pandemics over the centuries, concludes that while science advances, people do not. An unsettling but gripping read.

Reconsidering Thomas Bernhard

On the 30th anniversary of his death, the Austrian author’s acerbic wit still cuts through the pomposities and pettiness of a society hiding from itself.

The Long Winter of Discontent

Philipp Blom sets out to demonstrate how rapid climate change can dramatically upset our social and economic structures, our everyday lives. It has ha...

Who Owns Kafka’s Legacy?

The struggle over a rich literary inheritance opens questions of identity regarding the seminal writer, a Czech who was also Jewish but wrote in Germa...

Coffeehouse Diaspora

In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafés in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture. In any guidebook about Vie...

The Ironies of History

In Éric Vuillard’s award-winning historical novel The Order of the Day, an absurd and tragic encounter seals Austria’s fate. The hour grows late and...

Europe’s Essence

Robert Menasse’s award-winning The Capital is a dark but affectionate satire on the European idea. Robert Menasse has long been preoccupied with th...

Metropole Events | Spring 2019

BOOK PRESENTATION | From Empire to Republic It’s been 100 years since the Habsburg Empire dissolved into several new, independent republics...

Book Release | From Empire to Republic

Home Town Media presents From Empire to Republic Thanks for attending the event at Buchhandlung Kuppitsch Schottengasse 4, 1010 Wien In case...

Reunited in Language

Arno Geiger’s playful and moving memoir "The Old King in his Exile" discovers a world of imagination in his father’s dementia. There are p...

Culture Books | November

Anna Seghers’ Morality Play Available in English for the first time, The Seventh Cross addresses the damage and deep divisions of ordinary life under...

Culture Books | November

To Vienna, with Love In Kevin Wignall’s new thriller, Vienna takes the spotlight and steals the show With a name like To Die in Vienna, Kevin ...

Design for Living

In Rebel Modernists, Liane Lefaivre traces 120 years of Viennese design since Otto Wagner. Urban design has a long and distinguished history in Vie...

Saving the White Stallions

How the US Army helped preserve the famed Lipizzaners in the final days of WWII. Weeks from the end of the Second World War, a rogue unit of the Amer...

The Education of Viktor Orban

In "Orban: Europe's New Strongman" Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister. In politics, symbol...

Where to Find English Books in Vienna

Part I: Where to buy new English books in Vienna Finding bookstores that sell English books in Vienna is no problem. Here are a few of our favorites...

Books | Peter H. Wilson’s Reimagines the Holy Roman Empire

Peter H. Wilson asks us to reimagine the premodern world in The Holy Roman Empire It was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire – or so we learned in sc...

Books | Vicki Baum’s Grand Hotel

Vicki Baum’s classic international bestseller Grand Hotel: a lucid, affectionate depiction of a society in crisis The Vienna-born novelist Vicki Baum ...

Books | The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

In The Vanquished, Robert Gerwarth attempts a more nuanced look at WW1 and why the carnage didn’t end in 1918. On September 11, 1919, Gabriele D’Ann...

Books | How Škoda Made us all Look bad After 1989

How neoliberalism changed Central Europe in Europe Since 1989 After the fall of Communism, “privatization” was the word of the day, and it seemed al...

Books | The Third Reich on Drugs

In Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, Norman Ohler shows how methamphetamines made the German Blitzkrieg possible As German Panzers overran France in t...

Books | No Direction Home

The story of Stefan Zweig’s exile years is compellingly told in George Prochnik’s literary biography In spite of his fame, Austrian novelist Stefan ...

Books | Pirouettes and Politics

Two centuries of scandal, intrigue and dancing in Russia are masterfully handled in Simon Morrison’s Bolshoi Confidential In 2013, the headlines abo...

Books | Mortality Tales – Elizabeth Greenwood’s “Playing Dead”

Enjoy the true stories in Elizabeth Greenwood’s Playing Dead, but don’t expect deep insights It all began with a conversation about student loans. Li...

Books | Prized by the People – “The Habsburg Empire: A New History”

A myth-busting new history of the Habsburg Empire by Pieter M. Judson gives valuable insights on nationalism and identity in Central Europe In June ...

A Family Affair

Barry G. Gale brings high-brow rigor to a low-brow subject in Love in Vienna: The Sigmund Freud - Minna Bernays Affair. As Barry G. Gale admits in a...

Unbridled Learning

With schools and universities starting again, Benedict Carey’s How We Learn is the right guide for getting your brain in full swing. Learning is a slo...

Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False Dawn?

Smart cities claim to improve the lives, productivity and eco-balance of their citizens. A new collection of essays questions whether the vision lives...

Boundless Wanderlust

In seeing the world in all its delicate beauty and overwhelming roughness, Christoph Ransmayr’s Atlas of an Anxious Man finds a language for mapping t...

Books: Cultural Geotagging

Doing business with people from different cultural backgrounds can be tricky. Understanding them is the first step to making it work There is an ol...

Books: Brave New Data-Smart World

E-readers may be an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to pulp. But are publishers now looking over your shoulder while you read? Have you hear...

Books: Rebirth of the Rustbelt – The Smartest Places on Earth

How yesterday’s industrial graveyards are turning into today’s hotbeds of innovation Akron and Albany, Dresden and Eindhoven, Oulo and Portland –...

Book Review: Language Shock

Understanding requires much more than merely speaking the same language. It’s the culture that matters. In a Viennese café: you’ve found a table,...

Book Review: Austerity: The history of a dangerous idea

On 300 dense pages the Scottish political economist Mark Blyth delivers a ringing battle cry to change course – or else. With the economy back on...

Set In Vienna: Books

When you ask for a list of books set in Vienna, Graham Green's The Third Man will likely be the first one people suggest. Granted, Green's screenplay,...

Book Review: Theater of Modernity

With a fascinating cast of characters, Philipp Blom’s engaging history of  the inter-war years stages the glories and agonies of these troubled times....

Book Review: Taking the Waters

David Clay Large’s engaging history: The Grand Spas of Central Europe  In a sense, David Clay Large took a lifetime to write The Grand Spas of Ce...

Books | Life after Wartime

Elisabeth de Waal’s The Exiles Return depicts the heartbreak of postwar homecoming Elisabeth de Waal is a familiar name to readers of her grandso...
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