Category Archives: Vienna

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Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

late-entries-preview

Late entries

A few book titles from late 2016 you may have missed…

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Felix Austria

My kind of Sissi

Sissi preview

Felix Austria

My kind of Sissi

Alban Berg

The other riot

“Loud laughter rang throughout the hall in response to that squawking, grinding chord”

Alban Berg

The other riot

“Loud laughter rang throughout the hall in response to that squawking, grinding chord”

Ludwig Viktor P

Ludwig-Viktor-Gasse

“Luzi Wuzi”, as Ludwig Viktor was often known, adored balls. He was light on his feet and good with colours, and even frocked up for the occasional theatrical performance. But still the emperor didn’t twig that his brother was not as other men.

Ludwig Viktor P

Ludwig-Viktor-Gasse

“Luzi Wuzi”, as Ludwig Viktor was often known, adored balls. He was light on his feet and good with colours, and even frocked up for the occasional theatrical performance. But still the emperor didn’t twig that his brother was not as other men.

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The 12-step Sissi lifestyle plan

Looking out from official portraits with her radiant skin, torrents of chestnut hair and tiny waist, Her Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty seems to be saying “this doesn’t just happen, you know”. And it really, really didn’t: maintaining it all was a full time occupation.

P_11Sep_Sissi

The 12-step Sissi lifestyle plan

Looking out from official portraits with her radiant skin, torrents of chestnut hair and tiny waist, Her Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty seems to be saying “this doesn’t just happen, you know”. And it really, really didn’t: maintaining it all was a full time occupation.

P_11Apr_Wittgenstein

The house of Wittgenstein

Haus Wittgenstein is a Modernist white cube of such unornamented austerity that it’s like a splash of ice cold water after the whipped-cream architectural confections that dot central Vienna.

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The house of Wittgenstein

Haus Wittgenstein is a Modernist white cube of such unornamented austerity that it’s like a splash of ice cold water after the whipped-cream architectural confections that dot central Vienna.

P_10Sep_sissi

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

P_10Sep_sissi

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

Ludwig Viktor

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

Ludwig Viktor

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

Wax as Romy as Sissi

Sissi & Romy

Above all, Sissi is associated in the German-speaking world with the trio of 1950s movies based on her life starring Romy Schneider, which appear in Christmas TV schedules with grim inevitability. The beautiful Austrian actress would come to hate the role of Empress as much as Sissi herself did.

Wax as Romy as Sissi

Sissi & Romy

Above all, Sissi is associated in the German-speaking world with the trio of 1950s movies based on her life starring Romy Schneider, which appear in Christmas TV schedules with grim inevitability. The beautiful Austrian actress would come to hate the role of Empress as much as Sissi herself did.