Book look: Milan manual & medieval Europe

Piper’s popular Gebrauchsanweisung series continues as Henning Klüver presents his Milan guide. The German journalist, who has lived in the busy fashion hotspot in northern Italy together with his family for many years, reveals the city’s culinary centres and food favourites in neighbouring towns. He discovers the sights of Brescia and Atalanta as well as the best risotto rice and delicious cheese, but also debates the city’s problems and the region’s controversial fascist legacy. Milan is widely regarded as a place with chaotic traffic and large industrial areas. “Gebrauchsanweisung für Mailand” describes both – Milan’s charming spots and hidden gems but also its controversial issues. In 14 chapters, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Stuttgarter Zeitung culture correspondent also writes about meeting Dario Fo and Umberto Eco as well as Milan’s aims regarding Expo 2015. Unfortunately, Klüver ignores the significance of AC Milan and FC Inter. Apart from brief mentions, the legendary football clubs do not play a role in his Milan manual.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Mailand
By Henning Klüver
Published by Piper (

A German magazine’s history and science team has released a book about medieval times as publications dealing with World War One (Der Erste Weltkrieg. Die Geschichte einer Katastrophe) and the history of Jerusalem (“Jerusalem. Die Geschichte einer Heiligen Stadt”) have become bestsellers. Der Spiegel writers Annette Großbongardt and Johannes Saltzwedel headed a group of 25 journalists focusing on the life of farmers, knights and salesmen in Europe 1,000 years ago. Their articles – now out by DVA – analyse juridical, religious and economic aspects. However, they also write about nutrition and clothing in this period which still fascinates. Economy expert Nils Klawitter, culture desk writer Ulrike Knöfel and 23 others contributed articles for “Leben im Mittelalter”.

Leben im Mittelalter. Der Alltag von Rittern, Mönchen, Bauern und Kaufleuten
By Annette Großbongardt, Johannes Saltzwedel and others
Published by DVA (

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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