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Books set in Vienna

Vienna is my favourite city in the world and today I've been feeling a bit homesick. So, does anybody know good books, set in Vienna? I've already read The Little Book by Seldon Edwards, Eagles and Angels by Juli Zeh and Therese by Arthur Schnitzler - probably some others too, but these are the first that come to mind. Any help would be appreciated!


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Sep. 4th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Carroll. Look for his books.
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I will look into him if I can - sadly my library doesn't have any books by him (yet).
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind young adult lit, try Eva Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan. It's set in pre WWI Vienna, and it's about an orphan girl who may - or may not - actually be a countess. A lot of the story does take place elsewhere, but the descriptions of the city and the love the characters have for it, the sense of home you get, is gorgeous. It was actually the book that convinced me I had to go there someday.
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recommendation! I really should buy this book at some point - the plot sounds great and I like everything I have read by Ibbotson so far.
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Totally adding that to my to-read list, too :D
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
More Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (the book that Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut was based upon)
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really, really loved Therese by him, and he is well known for his portrayal of Vienna, so I should definitely read more by him.
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Most of Eva Ibbotson's books center around Vienna, although not all of them take place there. I notice someone else already mentioned her, and she clearly has a great love of the city.
Sep. 4th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
John Irving
Two of John Irving's four really good novels have major sections set in Vienna. I'd recommend both The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire to anyone looking for a novel that will provide both laughter and tears, but doubly-so in your case, with the Vienna angle.
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: John Irving
Thank you, those books sound great!
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: John Irving
Always a pleasure to spread the word about genuinely Good Writers. His A Prayer for Owen Meanie and The Cider House Rules are also wonderful, though I warn you against anything he wrote after Meanie. It's sad to see a writer decline, but then, not many get say they they wrote four that might well be regarded as classics a century from now.
Sep. 4th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
You might try other works by Schnitzler. Der arme Spielmann by Grillparzer, although it's just a short story. Embers by Sándor Márai. It only partly takes place in Vienna, but it revives the spirit of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (... I am a bit into the kuk monarchy right now, I admit it. :D)
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am interested in the KuK monarchy too! This summer I read that book by Márai and I really loved it. So well written, and I think he really captured the pre-WWI atmosphere of Vienna well. (Not that I know it, of course, but based upon what I've read) I'll look into Grillparzer! (that's an awesome surname by the way)
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
And also... I revived my stalking skills and took a peek at your journal, and would you mind if I added you? We seem to have some same interests (literature, KuK, art, history, languages) and your journal looks really nice!
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
If you like historical whodunnits, any of the Leibermann Papers series by Frank Tallis are wonderful - Vienna at the turn of the (last) century.
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