She was a princess, daughter of perhaps the most hated king in Europe. He was just a lowly hussar. Their love affair in turn-of-the-century Vienna was to scandalize a continent. The story of Princess Louise of Belgium and Géza Mattachich, stepson of a minor Croatian count, began with no more than an exchanged glance in a park. Yet the princess and her soldier, divided by wealth and status, pursued their devotion to one another through scandal, ruin, madness and imprisonment. Dan Jacobson's brilliant imagining of this forgotten episode of the Hapsburg court brings to life one of the century's great love stories.
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Confident, stylish, entertaining -- Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph
It's a wonderfully engaging performance. -- Ian Thomson, Spectator
a real page-turner. . . thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing- a real triumph -- Allan Massie, Scotsman
fascinating story. . . a thoroughly good read -- Alan Judd, Guardian
remarkable story of an intrigue at the heart of European power. . . finely told tale -- Daily Mail
‘A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing book – a real triumph’ -- The Scotsman, January 29, 2005
‘Sparkling, satirical, pungently suggestive… thoroughly researched and vividly imagined… a compulsive page-turner’ -- The Sunday Times, February 13, 2005
Dan Jacobson has written extensively for the Guardian, the TLS, the London Review of Books, the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His novels, short stories, critical works and autobiographical essays have won him several major literary prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the H.H.Wingate Award and the J.R.Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. He lives and works in London.
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