Book look: Australia & post-war Austria

Piper’s family of “Gebrauchsanweisung” is growing as Joscha Remus presents Australia. The Berlin-based travel writer – who loves visiting Australia during the European winter – portrays the different cities and regions of the fascinating country. His texts are more than travel reports. Structured into 30 chapters, Remus writes about people, culture and animals. His book offers a wider view on Australia than a 45-minute documentary could ever offer. Remus is a true expert on the country and its inhabitants. He examines prejudices and clichés – from climate topics to the story of the aborigines and culinary subjects. His 225-page book follows “Gebrauchsanweisung” guides by Jagoda Marinic (Croatia), Henning Klüver (Milan) and Roman Schatz (Finland). Ronald Reng – who wrote several football-themed bestseller books – portrayed London a few years ago while Thomas Küng wrote a contributed “Gebrauchsanweisung für die Schweiz”.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Australien
By Joscha Remus
Published by Piper (www.piper.de)

There could not have been a more suitable cover photograph: two kids playing at Belvedere gardens – in the lavish park in front of the castle where the Austrian State Treaty was signed and presented to a cheering crowd. This impressive black and white photo was chosen as cover shot for a new book documenting the difficult decades after World War Two in Austria. “Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit” features photographs taken by Erich Lessing as well as in interview with the renowned photographer conducted by Michael Gehler. Lessing’s images offer a view on politics behind the scenes and present the life of Vienna’s high society – from the pompous State Opera Ball to rehearsals with conductor Herbert von Karajan. However, the 92-year-old did not neglect the working class either. His photo series portray pub musicians and people at their modest homes. On more than 380 pages, this book conveys a realistic image of a country struggling to get back on track. Lessing’s focus on Vienna and the city’s inhabitants does not tarnish his achievements and the impact of this remarkable publication.

Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit. Österreich nach 1945
By Erich Lessing and Michael Gehler
Published by Tyrolia (www.tyrolia.at)

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

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