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Is Liberalism Dying? A Look at What Went Wrong After 1989

“The Light that Failed: A Reckoning” by IWM fellow Ivan Krastev and NYU professor Stephen Holmes explains what went wrong with Western liberalism.

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.

The Long Winter of Discontent

Philipp Blom sets out to demonstrate how rapid climate change can dramatically upset our social and economic structures, our everyday lives. It has ha...

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.

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 Vie...

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 and...

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. There are p...

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 Amer...

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, symbol...

Where to Find English Books in Vienna

Part I: Where to buy new English books in Vienna Finding 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 sc...

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’Ann...

Books | How Škoda Made us all Look bad After 1989

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

Books | The Third Reich on Drugs

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

Books | No Direction Home

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

Books | Pirouettes and Politics

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

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 in a...

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 slo...

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...