The Empress and the Cake

The Empress and the Cake

Linda Stift Jamie Bulloch / Sep 15, 2019

The Empress and the Cake Madness lurks behind the pretty fa ade of everyday life 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

  • Title: The Empress and the Cake
  • Author: Linda Stift Jamie Bulloch
  • ISBN: 9781908670304
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Madness lurks behind the pretty fa ade of everyday life.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 syMadness lurks behind the pretty fa ade of everyday life.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 Why Peirene chose to publish this book On the surface this is a clever thriller cum horror story of three women and their descent into addiction, crime and madness And at times it s very funny But don t be fooled The book also offers an exploration of the way the mind creates its own realities and quite often deludes us into believing that we control what is actually controlling us Uncanny, indeed Meike Ziervogel

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    1. I am at that stage in my reading life where I purchase Peirene books without even reading their blurbs, almost certain as I am that I will enjoy them, and find them striking and thought-provoking. I have only been disappointed with one of their titles to date, and they firmly remain one of my favourite publishing houses. When I spotted a deal on the Kindle store for Linda Stift's The Empress and the Cake then, I jumped at the chance of buying it, and read it the very next day.The Empress and the [...]


    2. AKA Don't Read This Book If You're Emetophobic. Mixing such mundane horrors as letting agents, bulimia and bitten nails with echoes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this curious little novel of disgust and obsession reminded me of those quiet, introverted horror films about the gradual loss of self, shot through with a sexuality all the more fevered for being largely buried - Spider, Repulsion, stuff like that. Except of course that solitude is hardly the problem here, so maybe stories of toxic f [...]


    3. The Empress and the Cake, by Linda Stift (translated by Jamie Bolloch), is the third and final book in the 2016 Peirene series, Fairy Tale: End of Innocence. These exquisite short works of fiction are the treasure discerning readers seek.Set in Vienna, this latest tale centres around Frau Hohenembs, an elderly countess now living in a city apartment cluttered with objects from her past. She is cared for by a rotund housekeeper, Ida, who puts up with her mistress’s temper and quirks due to an o [...]


    4. The narrator is walking past a cake shop in Vienna when an old lady asks her to share a Gugelhupf (a yeasted cake common in Austria), because the shop only sells them whole. This turns into an invitation to the home of Frau Hohenembs, where she is quite forcefully encouraged to help eat the cake. At first the narrator’s unwillingness to partake seems like the usual misgivings of a woman watching her figure. Then she goes home and eats her half of the cake then makes herself throw up.Yes, it’ [...]


    5. I received an ARC from Peirene Press.This psychological thriller starts innocently enough with a kind old woman offering to split a cake with a young woman she meets outside of a bakery in Vienna. But Stift’s novella becomes gruesome, disturbing and haunting very quickly.The old woman, whose name is Frau Hohenembs, is oddly dressed in all black and the young woman discovers that the old woman’s apartment is even stranger. Frau Hohenembs has an extensive collection of pictures and mementos of [...]


    6. A compelling short book about compulsion, cake, and duck presses. A meeting with an Frau Hohenembs in a cake shop leads the narrator to relapse into her eating disorder as her relationship with the lady deepens and becomes more dependent. Frau Hohenembs believes she is the Empress Elizabeth (or perhaps she really is), and the narrator is drawn into being an accomplice in actions to regain the Empress's possessions (including a duck press and a cocaine syringe). The book is well paced, so that no [...]


    7. I found the descriptions of her dedication to her illness particularly striking: the obsession with food and with the most effective way of eliminating it from her body. Although I think those with an existing knowledge of Empress Elisabeth might get more from it, I did enjoy this peculiar tale. Full review annegoodwin.weebly/1/post/


    8. The Empress and the Cake is about a young woman's bulimia, but it's also about an elderly woman's obsession with the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898), best known to many as "Sissi." After the surprising dedication ("For me") and a suitably decadent epigraph ("I can't eat as much as I'd like to vomit" - Max Liebermann, 1933), the novel starts when the unnamed narrator, a woman in her 30s, is approached by a strange elderly woman who bullies her into buying a slice of Gugelhupf cake, then [...]


    9. Contemporary Viennad cakes!a sapphic bulimic protagonist/heroine is caught in the surreal web of an eccentric, aristocratic elder,Frau Hohenembs and her put-upon personal assistant Ida, who bear an uncanny, stylised resemblance to the late Empress Elisabeth ('Sissi') & her Hungarian companion (who suplies italicised fragments of her memoir of the famous victim of assassination!) . A madcap romp through the streets & parks of Vienna with a cast of odd characters; graphic descriptions of t [...]


    10. Linda Stift’s The Empress and the Cake is an eccentric and twisted tale, first published under the German-language title Stierhunger in 2007, that retells the story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s obsession with keeping slim. Or at least I think that’s what it’s doing.To read my review in full, please visit my blog.


    11. A very odd book set in modern Vienna where a sinister old lady and her servant draw a young anorexic into their weird lifestyle interspersed with stories about the Empress Elisabeth (Sissi).


    12. I couldn't get into the book at the begging. But slowly the story completely engaged me and even now, after almost two weeks of finishing, I cannot stop thinking of it.The book has so many layers and deals with so many issues: bulimia, controlling, addiction.And, here is an amazing review written by Nicholas Lezard, published in The Guardian on 28/09/16:An unnamed young woman is invited by an elderly one to share a cake – known in Austria as Gugelhupf – and a nightmare begins. The older woma [...]


    13. I was sent this book to read and reviewThis book is a fairy tale like no other I have ever read.It is set in Vienna, AUstria and follows Countess Hohenembs who lives in her home with caretaker Ida surrounded by objects from her life. Ida puts up with more than her fair share of her mistress's foul temper. The countess at a bakery meets a young girl and offers her a share of her cake. She entices her to her home where the girl has bouts of binging through her ongoing problems of her eating disord [...]


    14. Mesmerizing stuff! I had to keep reading no matter how disgusting parts of the story were. This is a bizarre, horror story of 3 very odd women who form a relationship and their stealing sprees of very, very odd items. One is a drug addict and another has serious bulimia, her habits described in detail throughout the book. The author is a master story teller. Loved it.




    15. I can't read this book. Even as early as page 25 it's all about fat-shaming and eating disorders.


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