KC Blau

About me

K.C. Blau is an American writer of historical fiction novels on the women of turn-of-the-century Vienna. She has lived in Austria for over 15 years. She is a certified German-English translator and conducts her research in the Vienna City Archives, the Austrian National Archives and through books, films and documentaries. She holds a BA from the American University in Washington DC and an MFA from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. In addition she has completed post graduate studies at the University of Vienna and dabbled a bit in Chinese studies at the Beijing Language and Cultural University in China.

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Austrian word of the Week – Tin Idiot

Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.Blechtrottel: Tin Idiot — “Blech” means tin. You perhaps recall the Nobel Prize winning German author – Günter Grass  – and his famous novel – “Die Blechtrommel” (Tin Drum) about the boy who refuses…


Who’s Conchita Wurst? What’s a Radler? Where do I buy baking soda? When do the subways stop running? Why is the restaurant personnel totally ignoring us and those rude Austrians hurrying past us and grabbing that table? If you’re a newly arrived expat, after your first couple weeks in Vienna,…

Austrian word of the Week – Lung Ripper

Beuschlreißer: Lung Ripper — “Beuschel” is a word worth remembering lest you accidental find yourself consuming an Austrian specialty of the same name – Beuschl – which is nothing more than chopped lung in some kind of white sauce. Don’t say you weren’t warned.  The second half the compound word…

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