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Habsburg Empire Pieter Judson
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 1911, over four and a half million citizens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire went to the polling stations to elect a new parliament. People from Bukowina to Vorarlberg, from Trieste to Prague were keen to decide their...
Elizabeth Greenwood
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. Like many recent graduates, American author Elizabeth Greenwood was wondering how to get herself out of debt. She considered options both fanciful (get rich through giving inspiring TedTalks) and desperate (run off to Belize). Then a colleague...
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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 vital passage in Love in Vienna, “Affairs by their very nature are secretive, so it is not always easy to find evidence that they occurred.” He goes on to say that this...
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Two centuries of scandal, intrigue and dancing in Russia are masterfully handled in Simon Morrison’s Bolshoi Confidential In 2013, the headlines about the Bolshoi Ballet were less about the perfect execution of athletic feats and more concerned with a vicious acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin. The world gasped in shock and struggled to reconcile the barbarous action...
yiza
Austrian author Michael Köhlmeier looks at the refugee crisis from a child’s perspective. Michael Köhlmeier’s startling new novella Yiza is written so bewitchingly unadorned that one can lose sight of the trauma and brutality contained within. “The man was her uncle,” Köhlmeier begins. “She didn’t know what the word meant. She was six years old.” Here, Köhlmeier introduces us to...
book review vienna charles brackett billy wilde
The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Billy Wilder In his first entry on June 7, 1932 Charles Brackett describes his decision to start keeping a diary on a “not particularly significant day” – while unemployment just hit 23.6 per cent and America is lurching off the...
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud. Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
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, argues Professor Ordinarius at the...
review twilight of empire
Debunking myths of the murder-suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and his lover You know the story – or, you think you know it. With the scenery collapsing around the Austro-Hungarian Empire, two lovers – Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress, Mary Vetsera – take their own lives at a remote hunting lodge deep in the Vienna Woods on a midwinter...
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