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By Simon Winder

ISBN-10: 1447229770

ISBN-13: 9781447229773

A charmingly own historical past of Hapsburg Europe, as full of life because it is informative, by way of the writer of Germania

For centuries a lot of Europe was once within the fingers of the very bizarre Habsburg relatives. An volatile mix of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they observed off—through success, guile and sheer mulishness—any variety of opponents, until eventually ultimately packing up in 1918. From their crucial lairs alongside the Danube they governed so much of vital Europe and Germany and interfered everywhere—indeed the background of Europe not often is sensible with no them.

Danubia, Simon Winder’s hilarious new ebook, plunges the reader right into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unlucky marriages and a guinea-pig village. choked with track, piracy, faith and scuffling with, it's the historical past of an odd dynasty, and the folk they governed, who spoke many alternative languages, lived in an unlimited diversity of landscapes, believed in rival gods and infrequently confirmed a marked ingratitude in the direction of their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who found Simon Winder’s storytelling genius and infectious interest in Germania can be extremely joyful through the eccentric and engaging story of the Habsburgs and their international.

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Time and again the young Hungarians (and frequently the not so young) were to pose questions about their past, about the Horthy years, the Second World War, war crimes, the Holocaust, anti-semitism and, some time later, the abuses of the Stalin/Rákosi era and 1956 and its aftermath. And they did so, not in a ‘safe’ manner, even when using parallelism, allegory or metaphor, but with controlled aggression, constantly pushing boundaries in order to interrogate the myths of the past but also to pose questions about the society of their day.

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