Mitteleuropa book pre-order (out August)

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Mitteleuropa book pre-order (out August)

220 page illustrated paperback book of 15 travel writing essays about Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.

Final cover TBC. 240 b&w pages. Standard paperback size. Out August.

Austria:
Carnival and Sautanz: Small town carnivals, Burgenland: the Kansas of Austria, Krampus, and Austria’s Catholic Fascism era pre-Anschluss

Real Life Zelda: Caves, mountains, salt mines, herbs, monasteries, the platonic idea of the Austrian pub, quests and home-made taxidermy

Wiener Blut: Habsburgs, The Cold War, Freud, Schiele, Hundertwasser, art school (and why they rejected Hitler) Stefan Zweig and Falco

Czechia & Slovakia:
Kafka Himself: The OG Sad Boi, a small circle of Prague, Czech punk, and literary eating

Puppets of Prague: Stop motion animation, black light theatre, Jan Švankmajer, Jiři Trunka, Zdeněk Miler and why you should beware of potatoes in the cellar

Xanadu: Bratislava, the Cold War secrets of the Big Tesco, halls of mirrors, and mirages on the horizon

Germany:
Lignite: Cheap nasty coal, life in the former DDR, the Stasi, 1980s Dresden, Ostalgia, the former Checkpoint Alpha at Helmstedt, Berlin in the 2000s, and modern day Magdeburg and Schöningen

Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Visiting Dachau and Mauthausen, and Primo Levi. East and West Germany and Austria’s attempts (or lack of them) to come to terms with the Nazi era and Holocaust.

The Proud Republic of the Swamp: Dittmarschen: no masters, no leaders, no kings, no hills, Otto Waalkes and the Ottiphants, field recordings in swamps and canals, salmiakki and genuine soil samples from Wacken metal fest.

Kraftwerk and the Rheinland: Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n. (Plus Michael Ende, forests and the Sauerland)

Hungary:
The Versailles of Hungary: The mirror-world of the Austria-Hungary border, how the Hungarian language works, Sandór Petöfi and the 1848 Revolution, forgotten palaces, discount dentists and Viktor Orbán.

Terrorháza: Hungarian fascism, the 1956 Revolution and Khrushchev’s reaction, touring the former secret police headquarters with the world’s most annoying American Army Dad

Gulyas communism & New Wave: Working in Budapest in the late 2000s, 70s and 80s Hungary, Hungarian New Wave music, and being trapped on a 80s Hungarian Pop karaoke party on a boat on the Danube

Liechtenstein:
Central Europe’s premiere microstate, full of money laundering, €5 crisps, modern art, Balzers castle and seeing the entire country via the no 11 bus.

Slovenia:
Metelkova autonomous district, Žižek, prehistoric music, thunderstorms and train journeys from hell.