My Reading List: Austria

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Adventuring in Austria

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Since January, I have been making a concerted effort to read books about Austria–history books, travel books, and the nebulous “general interest” books, all together in a somewhat indiscriminate jumble of Austrian-ness. Now, because my inner scholar/librarian is pushing at me, I’m organizing that jumble into a casual annotated bibliography.

If you are interested in Austrian history and culture, or if you’re thinking about making a trip–here are some books you might want to look at (and a couple you might want to skip).

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

The Reluctant Empress: A Biography of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Brigitte Hamann, trans. Ruth Hein (1986)

Yes, I’ll admit it: I have Sisi fever. If Austria was a novel, Sisi would be my favorite character. She is provoking, even infuriating, but her intelligence and independence make her a fascinating figure. This biography does an excellent job of presenting a balanced portrait of the empress, neither…

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