Vuillard The Order of the Day
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 Austria’s dictatorial Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg arrives at the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop retreat high above Berchtesgaden. It is February 12, 1938, and in a month’s time, German troops will cross […]
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Robert Menasse The Capital
Robert Menasse’s award-winning The Capital is a dark but affectionate satire on the European idea. Robert Menasse has long been preoccupied with the implications of historical crisis for social cohesion. A provocative yet eloquent critic of the Au...
The old King in his Exile, Arno Geiger
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 probably few things that touch us more fundamentally than the loss of a parent. Through the creeping loss of Alzheimer’s, family members face immense, often unbearable, challenges. Shocking vulnerability becomes strangely intertwined […]
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Anna Seghers’ Morality Play Available in English for the first time, The Seventh Cross addresses the damage and deep divisions of ordinary life under the Nazis Seven political prisoners escape from the (fictional) Westhofen concentration camp in the Rhineland in the opening pages of Anna Seghers’ epic The Seventh Cross. The camp commandant, the old […]
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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 Wignall’s new novel might give the impression of being one of those dark, death-obsessed literary discursions set here in the past. But despite the title, this lean thriller actually […]
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Design for Living

Hundertwasser House
In Rebel Modernists, Liane Lefaivre traces 120 years of Viennese design since Otto Wagner. Urban design has a long and distinguished history in Vienna. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it has repeatedly produced beyond its size and been a front-runner in progressive architecture for well over a century. And that, […]
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Horse
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 American Army slipped across the lines into the Sudetenland on a clandestine mission to a secluded horse farm. For housed at Hostau – today Hostouň in […]
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Military Diplomacy
Tim Hadley details just how much the German General Staff knew about the weaknesses of the Austrian-Hungarian army Until German unification in 1871, Austria-Hungary and the German states had been in near-constant conflict. Hopes for a “Greater German Solution” with a Habsburg-dominated Central Europe ended in 1866, with the Austrians suffering a crushing defeat that […]
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Thriller
Benjamin Black’s addictive new thriller re-creates an irresistible world of sex and sorcery in 16th century Prague It’s a snowy December 1599 in Prague, then the capital of the Habsburg Empire, and the emperor’s mistress has had her throat brutally slashed open. A naïve young scholar, new in the city but with delusions of grandeur, […]
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