Tag:books

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.

Tough Times for Austria‘s Retail Sector

One in three Austrian retailers booked losses in 2017/2018, new research shows – as did every second book, jewelry and watch dealer. Still longer-term trends are positive.

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...

How to use the Library System in Vienna

With countless books and manuscripts collected over centuries, Vienna has a lot to offer bookworms.There can be magic in a library: illuminate...

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 | 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’...

Books | How Škoda 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...

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 EuropeIn Ju...

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...