SISI & I – Review by Nadine Whitney

The cultural fascination with Empress Elisabeth of Austria remains well over a century after her tragic death. A rebellious royal who was minimised by her husband, dissatisfied with restrictive court life, and the nexus of gossip and intense public scrutiny, Elisabeth, or Sisi, was the precursor for Diana, Princess of Wales. Frauke Finsterwalder attempts to bring Sisi to life through the eyes of her faithful companion, Countess Irma Sztáray who was with Sisi in the final four years of her life. Finsterwalder’s reimagining of Sisi and her court is bold and modern.

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