Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889View on Amazon On January 30, 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide. The author tracks the period leading up to this seminal event, weaving in the stories of Vienna's intellectual and artistic leaders: Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler. By Frederic Morton.
- Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black SeaView on Amazon The author tracks the Danube River, setting his finger on the pulse of Central Europe, the crucible of a culture that draws on influences of East and West, Christianity and Islam. A tour-de-force work. By Claudio Magris; translated by Patrick Creagh.
- Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg EuropeView on Amazon From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. The author's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. By Simon Winder.
- HomesteadView on Amazon Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau. An engrossing tale told in twelve interweaved short stories. By Rosina Lippi.
- Mozart: A LifeView on Amazon The author daws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart’s own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and times in rich detail. By Paul Johnson.
- The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the PresentView on Amazon Vienna in 1900 ... leaders in science, medicine and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind — our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions — and how mind and brain relate to art. By Eric Kandel.
- The Third Man and The Fallen IdolView on Amazon Includes Greene's brilliant recreation of post-WWII Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers (British, American, French and Russian). By Graham Greene.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “36 Hours in Graz”View on NYTimes.com Graz — Austria's second-largest city, with a population of just over 300,000 — is an excellent choice for many tourists (only 200km southwest of Vienna), thanks to its rich design, art and culinary scenes and wine and produce from the surrounding south Austrian state of Styria. By Evan Rail.
- “Global Austria: Austria’s Place in Europe and the World”View on oapen.org A collection of scholarly articles that highlight the country's historical and modern role — from the viewpoint of culture, politics, economics and intellectual atmosphere — in shaping in the world. PDF Download. Edited by Günter Bischof and Fritz Plasser.
- “Gustav Klimt: Ornament as Evolution”View on gc.cuny.edu The catalog from the Neue Gallery's show on the great Austrian symbolist painter (1862-1918). Edited by Renée Price.
- “The Dream Master”View on NewYorker.com The stories of Arthur Schnitzler, the amoral voice of fin-de-siècle Vienna. By Leo Carey.
- “The Greatest Catastrophe the World Has Seen”View on NYBooks.com A discussion of several new books on WWI, to coincide with the pivotal event's 100th anniversary. By RJW Evans.
- “Vienna’s Karl Marx Hof: Architecture as Politics and Ideology”View on TheGuardian.com This mid-rise block of flats looked like a fortress years before it actually became a besieged holdout against the fascists in the brief Austrian civil war of 1934. By Owen Hatherley.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Gustav Klimt and secessionist ViennaListen on podcast.ox.ac.uk Listen to University of Oxford Professor Claire O'Mahony lecture on the artist's role in early 1900s Vienna.
- Suleiman the Magnificent and the Siege of ViennaListen on missedinhistory.com The story of the powerful sultan and his failed attempt to expand the Ottoman empire westward by taking Christian Vienna in 1529.
Just for Kids
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Alexander FantaFollow @FantaAIex Journalist at Austria Presse Agentur. EU and European politics. Interested in history, struggles and changes.
- Twitter: Austrian WineFollow @austrianwine With roughly 9,000 bottling estates, Austrian wine is world renowned for being authentic and natural; come have a taste of Austrian Culture!
- Twitter: Graham BatesFollow @Grahamrbates Englishman living in Austria. Vienna Life, Liberal Politic. FK Austria Wien/Leicester City FC/ First Vienna FC. Austrian Wine. History. Environment. Travel.
- Twitter: The Local AustriaFollow @TheLocalAustria Austria's news in English.