The Strudlhof Steps, by Heimito von Doderer

Staff Pick

Not for the faint of heart, this winding novel of picturesque tableaux mirrors the intricacy and sumptuous beauty of its eponymous Viennese landmark, Exploring Intellect, ennui, passion, wealth, and introspection among a wide cast of early 20th-century figures including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, von Doderer dives into a hotbed of artistic and scientific development that rivaled that of Paris--another capital of culture bearing the heritage of its glorious imperial past while embracing the excitement and dizzying changes of modernity--and exposes Vienna as a neurotic metropolis Against this ferment, the narrative follows a group of friends as they confront the challenges of adulthood and reflect on their youthful adventures, especially the tangle of loves and family allegiances that drew them together years ago on the Strudlhof Steps.



The Strudlhof Steps: The Depth of the Years By Heimito von Doderer, Vincent Kling (Translated by), Daniel Kehlmann (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Heimito von Doderer, Vincent Kling (Translated by), Daniel Kehlmann (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681375274
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - December 14th, 2021

Botticelli's Secret, by Joseph Luzzi

Staff Pick


Full of intriguing  facts that bring the past to life--Dante and his Beatrice only saw each other on three occasions and never touched. Despite years of lavish Medici patronage, Botticelli died in poverty--Luzzi's book explores the nexus of wealth, genius, and cruelty that was Florence as it lurched toward Renaissance glory. Beginning with the story of Dante Alighieri and his struggles to complete his Commedia while in exile, Luzzi details both the brilliant creativity and the bloody turmoil of the city's divided ruling factions. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Donatello, and Rafael all make appearances and Luzzi chronicles the excitement and danger of their lives, using Botticelli's fifteen-year attempt to illustrate Dante's masterwork as the unifying narrative thread, one that takes us to the 20th century, when a brilliant German art connoisseur rediscovered  the Botticelli drawings in a Scottish castle and took them to Berlin, where they faced the risk of being lost again in the chaos of WWII.


Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance By Joseph Luzzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324004011
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 25th, 2022