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From The Vienna Paradox to The Edge of Irony, the distinguished literary critic and professor emerita examines the seminal literature and thought of Austria’s interwar period.
A far-sighted study on the language of Nazism, the book by Austria’s great satirist is finally available in a full English translation.
The Austrian writer's enchanting short stories reveal his love of nature in elegantly simple prose
“Corruption has been with us as long as mankind, but there’s been progress: If you can’t expect to get away with something, you might think twice about committing it.”
Recent reports from Transparency International and Reporters without Borders show that corruption in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe is on the rise as freedom of the press plummets.
While the Great Powers wrestled over the fate of the Adriatic city-state of Fiume, its residents had their own sense of who they were, argues historian Dominique K. Reill.
With the pandemic forcing Vienna’s eateries to shut down for months, many of the city’s gourmets and gourmands have been compelled to start cooking themselves – a delectable hobby many are unwilling to give up even now that the long lockdown is (hopefully) over. Here are Metropole’s favorite purveyors of quality produce, along with some tips for improving your home cooking game, from books to ceramics to DIY kits that make cooking easy.
Settled behind closed doors a century ago, these devastating treaties were greeted with celebratory gunfire across France, leaving Central Europe in tatters and echoes of disharmony across the continent.
Food & Drink
The bakery rides the crest of artisanal baking while reviving a delectable local tradition.
“Politicians think we don’t like Vienna. In fact, the opposite is true: We’re critical because we love this city that much."
Finding good fish to cook at home just got a lot easier. A new stand on the Karmelitermarkt is a good place to go.
Austrian companies thrive all across Central and Eastern Europe. From kickbacks to bribes, booming business often also involves layers of corruption.
The Nobel-Prize-winning chemist Emanuelle Charpentier laid the groundwork for her stunning scientific discoveries at the Max Perutz Labs in the Austrian capital.
Anne Applebaum introduces us to the elites responsible for democratic backsliding in her new book, Twilight of Democracy.
“I’ve got what you might call ‘helper syndrome.’ Being a lawyer is not just a profession for me – it’s a calling.”
Austria’s pandemic response upheld the country’s long tradition of opaque administration and little accountability – a special report.
“Corruption will never be 100% eradicated. But it’s important to set parameters and structures that show people that in the end, corruption doesn’t pay.”
The new deputy mayor has ambitious plans to improve the schools and launch an independent office to fight corruption ... big ideas for the junior coalition partner.
Best known as the author of a children’s classic and (possibly) a pornographic novel, Felix Salten has never been given his due in his hometown – until now, that is
Austria is no more corrupt than other European countries – although possibly more colorful. But the consequences for wrongdoers are often laughably mild. This may be changing.
The Kaffeemuseum presents the city’s long-standing love affair with caffeine through tours, courses and countless artifacts from yesteryear.
"When I don't feel at home, I go to the coffeehouse"
Food & Drink
Wilde Ehe marries chill savoir-faire with thoughtful quality – just don’t ask about the name.
Viennese legend Susanne Widl discusses her Café Korb upbringing, her illustrious past and the future of how we spend time together – inside the 'Kaffeehaus' and out.
Between 1890 and 1920, Vienna was a world leader in design. An unlikely mix of imperial decree and cultural revolution drove the Wiener Ästhetik and left its mark on the city even today.
Metropole’s publisher introduces the winter issue, which is all about the “Kaffeehaus.”
Set in the gloaming of the Habsburg Empire, Katja Perat’s ardent debut novel is a fictional coming-of-age memoir from the daughter of the world’s first “masochist."
“Vienna has a great coffeehouse culture, but sadly – or in my case, fortunately – a bad coffee culture when it comes to quality.”
In Sylvia Petter’s debut novel All the Beautiful Liars, Katrina Klain arrives in Vienna in search of the lost pieces of her life.
Vienna’s coffeehouses are a cherished pillar of the city’s cultural life – but that may not be enough to keep them alive.
“I’m not sure I know what fourth wave coffee culture is – but I know I’m the tsunami!”
Thanks to successive lockdowns and closed cinemas, streaming has become an even bigger part of our pandemic lives, and while many productions grinded to a halt last year, this spring’s lineup features an iconic superhero indulging in ’80s nostalgia, a Victorian sci-fi extravaganza, a comedy icon revisiting one of his most beloved characters, an animated Bollywood melodrama and a madcap Spanish road saga.
What remains of public trust in the state is vanishing rapidly as the coronavirus roars back into the region.
Southeastern Europe is one of the world's fastest shrinking regions. What drives so many young and well-educated abroad?
Food & Drink
Alma Gastrothèque serves soulful vegetables and natural wines with esprit.
How the new director of the Vienna International School left her small town for distant places and turned her passion for learning into a mission to educate for change.
A myth, a tradition, but most of all a very real place that many in the Austrian capital cannot imagine life without.
“I wish global politics were more like the global coffee community: We have no borders and we work together to make coffee better.”
As the world awaits a vaccine, Polymun, a small high-tech company provides essential ingredients for the first candidate to reach the EU Market.
Independent biotech firm Axon Neuroscience – in neighboring Slovakia – is developing a vaccine for COVID-19 with a uniquely targeted approach.
A new collection of essays by the renowned journalist retakes the pulse of Central Europe 30 years after communism, and finds the optimism faded into disappointment, fueling an exodus.
Designed in Austria and produced in Germany, this ingenious face mask brings back non-verbal communication in times of corona.
Close-knit ties triumph over trauma in Anna Goldenberg’s moving family memoir of torture, exile and ultimate homecoming.
Biodynamic winemaking offers a holistic, more natural approach for a post-pandemic world.
“I’ve consciously chosen to continue my career in Vienna. I could have stayed in Hollywood, but as Caesar once said: ‘I would rather be first in this little village than second in Rome.’”
Martyn Rady’s new history of the Habsburgs argues that their empire was undone by the very things that once made it mighty.
On the surface, the EU budget summit smoothed over the friction between Brussels and the bloc’s problem children. Deeper down, the rift may be growing.
An independent fantasy western made in Austria, Wienerland has international festivals buzzing.
Alexis Eremia and Karin Granner have marshaled the Impact Hubs in Vienna and Amsterdam to focus on local, sustainable fashion brands.
Cafés and Restaurants
The award-winning chef’s new restaurant in the Kamptal is refined, yet unpretentious.
What’s in a name? It is not sleeve, nor pant leg, nor button... How brands distinguish quality and set fashion makers apart. Designers beware, make sure to take trademarking seriously.
After delays and controversy, Albertina Modern opens with an extensive review of Austrian art from 1945-1980.
“The Light that Failed: A Reckoning” by IWM fellow Ivan Krastev and NYU professor Stephen Holmes explains what went wrong with Western liberalism.
The shoe designer is blending the line between fashion and art with sculptural footwear.
“Beauty, like a butterfly, is fleeting. Like a spectacular sunset, it’s there for a moment – and then it’s gone.”
During an adventurous raid, Israel stole vital intelligence information in Iran that now could help the US build the case for terminating the Iran nuclear deal once and for all.