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Book Review | A Call to Ears

In his first foray into cultural criticism, musician Dave Randall calls upon his readers to think outside the jukebox.
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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 V...

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 ...

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 RepublicIt’s been 100 years since the Habsburg Empire dissolved into several new, independe...

Book Release | From Empire to Republic

Home Town Media presents From Empire to Republic Thanks for attending the event atBuchhandlung Kuppitsch Schottengasse 4, 1010 WienIn 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....

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 showWith 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 Am...

“Angel of Oblivion” by Maja Haderlap | A History of Violent Persecution

Maja Haderlap’s debut novel Angel of Oblivion confronts the past in Austria’s borderlands.Austrian writer Maja Haderlap is a farmer’s daughter...

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, sy...

Books | A Privileged Peek Into the Hollywood of Viennese Émigré Billy Wilder

The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Bill...

Where to Find English Books in Vienna

Part I: Where to buy new English books in ViennaFinding bookstores that sell English books in Vienna is no problem. Here's a few of our favorite...

Books | On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder, is the Resistance Manual for our Times

Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny is a call to action, demystifying the assaults on contemporary democracy through the lessons of history.Putin, Orbán...

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 s...

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’...

In “Rigor Mortis,” author Richard Harris takes aim at sloppy science

Richard Harris’ book Rigor Mortis inspires scientific soul-searching.Let’s start out addressing the elephant in the room: There are a lot of sci...

Books | How Ĺ koda Made us all Look bad After 1989

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

Books | The Third Reich on Drugs

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

Books | No Direction Home

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

Books | Pirouettes and Politics

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

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...

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 i...

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 sl...

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 workThere 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 innovationAkron 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 homecomingElisabeth de Waal is a familiar name to readers of her grandso...