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  • Location: Vienna

The Empress and the Cake

The Empress and the Cake

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A story of three women and their descent into addiction, crime and madness.

  • ISBN: 978-1908670304
  • Translator: Jamie Bulloch
  • Genre: novella, Translated Fictioin

What you need to know before your trail

An elderly lady offers a young woman a piece of cake. She accepts. The lady resembles the Austrian Empress Elisabeth and lives with her servant in an apartment full of bizarre souvenirs. More invitations follow. A seemingly harmless visit to the museum turns into a meticulously planned raid to steal a royal cocaine syringe. Without realizing, the young woman has become the lady’s accomplice. Does she realize she is losing control?

Travel Guide

A bizarre tour through Vienna

The setting is Vienna but the dark side of the museums and cake shops. Characters steal things from museums and eat cakes only then to throw up. Bulimia and eating disorders are a major theme in the novella so beware if this might trigger something.

The city is only ever alluded to given the grandeur of the places where the Empress lives and the nature of the cakeshops she visits.  The cake in question is the Gugelhupf which is a popular cake in the city and the country.

Booktrail Boarding Pass: The Empress and the Cake

Destination: Vienna  Author/Guide:  Linda Stift   Departure Time: 1900s

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