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The Triumph of Music, The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art

The Triumph of Music, The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art

by Tim Blanning

  • MUSIC
  • 2010
  • PAPER

Blanning charts the meteoric rise of music from its origins as a lowly art form to its contemporary triumph among the arts. He includes terrific sections on composers Haydn, Bach, Mozart and Wagner as well as contemporary icons. (MUS83, $22.00)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

The German Way

The German Way

by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest

Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest

by Cadogan Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Three authors teamed up for this in-depth cultural guide to the history, architecture, artistic heritage and sights of these three capital cities. (CEU43, $21.95)

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2005
  • MAP

A shaded relief map of the two nations at a scale of 1:600,000, with insets of Prague and Bratislava. It also covers the route of the Danube between Regensburg and Budapest. One Side. 40x56 inches. (CEU17, $12.95)

 
Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986. (EUR58, $17.00)

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe


by Simon Winder

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES

Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue. (CEU46, $30.00)

The Danube, A Cultural History

The Danube, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Beattie gives a comprehensive overview of the Danube's role as a vital shipping artery and a uniting thread through the region's turbulent history. (EUR370, $16.95)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $18.00)

Bela Bartok and Turn-of-the-Centry Budapest


by Judith Frigyesi

  • MUSIC
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 429 PAGES

A study of Bartok and turn-of-the-century modernism in Hungary. (HGR35, $32.95)

Listen to This


by Alex Ross

  • MUSIC
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Ross's engaging essays include Schubert, Verdi, Brahms and other European greats. (MUS87, $19.00)

Marrying Mozart

Marrying Mozart


by Stephanie Cowell

  • MUSIC
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

Eighteenth-century Europe comes alive in Cowell's richly textured love story, set in Mannheim, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. (MUS85, $15.00)

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven


by Charles Rosen

  • MUSIC
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 522 PAGES

Written in 1972, the first edition of this book won the National Book Award and became an instant classic, an eminently readable account of the Viennese Classical School. (MUS38, $24.95)

The Lives of the Great Composers


by Harold C. Schonberg

  • MUSIC
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 653 PAGES

Schonberg discusses the lives and works of the foremost figures in classical music, among them Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, the Schumanns, Copland and Stravinsky, weaving a fabric rich in detail and anecdote. (MUS73, $35.00)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Another Beauty

Another Beauty


by Adam Zagajewski | Clare Cavanagh | Susan Sontag

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A quirky, lyrical memoir of coming of age in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s by the influential poet of the Polish New Wave. (PLD37, $20.95)

Mozart, A Life

Mozart, A Life


by Paul Johnson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 127 PAGES

Challenging myths surrounding Mozart's health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer's lasting impact on the musical world with insight. (AST120, $25.95)

The Danube

The Danube


by Nick Thorpe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES
  • NEW
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Thorpe travels against the current on a year-long journey from the Black Sea to the Black Forest, mixing accounts of his daily morning swims with environmental research, archaeological observations and, especially, tales of the ferrymen and fisherman, shopkeepers, activists and others he meets along the way. Central Europe correspondent for the BBC, the British journalist and writer has lived in Budapest since 1986. (CEU47, $35.00)

Wider Than a Mile, One River Two Women


by Mimi Hughes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Hughes recaptures her experience as the first person to swim the Danube River without flippers, more than 1,770 miles. She writes movingly about her 89-day trip in this inspirational story of hope and a call for social change. (CEU48, $16.95)

Here Is Where We Meet

Here Is Where We Meet


by John Berger

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This novel weaves a portrait of several European countries through encounters with the dead, from the narrator's mother, whom he discovers on a park bench in Lisbon, to a childhood friend wandering a market in Krakow. (EUR189, $15.00)

The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March


by Joseph Roth | Joachim Neugroschel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor. (AST17, $16.95)

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain. (AST30, $15.00)

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