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Empty theatre : or, the lives of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Sisi of Austria (Queen of Hungary), cousins, in their pursuit of connection and beauty despite the expectations placed on them because of the exceptional good fortune of their Status as beloved national figures. With speculation into the mysterious nature of their deaths / Jac Jemc.

Jemc, Jac, 1983- (author.).


"A wildly over-the-top social satire reimagining the mad misadventures of iconic royal cousins King Ludwig and Empress Sisi, from the incomparable Jac Jemc"-- Provided by publisher.
History knows them as King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Elizabeth of Austria, icons of the late nineteenth century who died young and left behind magnificent portraits and palaces. But to each other they were Ludwig and Sisi, cousins who shared a passion for beauty and a stubborn refusal to submit to the roles imposed upon them. Ludwig, simultaneously spoiled and punished for his softness and "unmanly" interests, falls hard for the operas of Richard Wagner and neglects his state duties in the pursuit of art. Sisi, married at the age of sixteen to her beloved Franzl, bristles at the restrictions of her elevated position, the value placed on her beauty, and the simultaneous expectation that she ravage her body again and again in childbirth. Both absurdly vain, both traumatized by the demands of their roles, Sisi and Ludwig struggle against the ideals they are expected to embody, and resist through extravagance, petulance, performance, and frivolity.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374277925
  • ISBN: 0374277923
  • Physical Description: 451 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-450).
Subject: Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, 1845-1886 > Fiction.
Elisabeth, Empress, consort of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1837-1898 > Fiction.
Cousins > Fiction.
Nobility > Fiction.
Kings and rulers > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Satirical literature.

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Hudson (Fontana) F JEMC (Text) 39493109933871 Adult New Fiction Checked out 10/03/2023
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