Kapfenberg in the Austrian Steiermark region, 1957: In the course of a custody battle, Anna Koinegg reports her child’s father, a former member of the Waffen-SS, for having participated in the execution of Jews. The accusation relates to the shooting of 29 Hungarian Jewish forced labourers in Jennersdorf in the early days of 1945, in which he was supposedly involved. But the political mood favours suppression and the charges are brushed under the carpet – until in 1966 the German authorities become involved and the case lands on the desk of former Spanish Civil War activist and detective Hans Landauer. Together the Mannheim lawyers and the disagreeable inspector from Vienna travel to Jennersdorf, to brake the wall of silence and uncover the traces of a massacre that nobody wants to remember...
A book about responsibilities, the meaning of life and happiness in our age. We live in a hysterical time. A time that enables material wealth and incessant communication, but abandons the individual to his feelings isolation. After the failure of the big political utopias, our longing for happiness, attachment and closeness is all the greater, but we are trapped in our fragmented, accelerated day-to-day lives. The humanist psychologist and author Catalin Dorian Florescu counters this with the image of a serene, creative person capable of relating to others. In the autonomous concentration on their own self, the individual can overcome the attention crisis of our times and build meaningful relationships to others and the world around them.
With intellectual precision and an uncompromising approach, Olga Flor takes a stand against the kind of populist propaganda that is currently so eager to pose as representing the perceived majority opinion of a vaguely defined section of the public. These “politics of emotion” exploit justified fears, rather than analyse their true cause. The increasing lack of economic transparency and growing information density are their feeding ground, simplistic finger-pointing and “gut feelings” their ideological capital. Against this, Olga Flor sets the need for a public discourse that permits dissension and doesn’t shy away from the complexity of the facts, that aims to enlighten rather than obscure.
Olga Flor, born 1968 in Vienna, grew up in Vienna, Cologne and Graz. She studied physics and went on to work in the multimedia sector. She has been a freelance writer since 2004, producing novels, short stories, essays, works for theatre and musical theatre. She has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, most recently: Anton-Wildgans Award 2012, Outstanding Artist Award 2012, Veza-Canetti Award 2014. Her novels include “Kollateralschaden” (2008), “Die Königin ist tot” (2012), “Ich in Gelb” (2015). Her novel “Schwebungen” will be published in autumn 2017 and her essay “Politik der Emotion” in January 2018.
“Bad people are always fine.” With this mantra and other cynical remarks, the narrator has made himself the revered as well as hated focal point of a bored upper class clique. What nobody knows is that he lives off badly paid mini jobs and a very unusual gift: alcohol turns him into a mind reader. He’s a fraud who exploits the stupidity of the shallow hipster gang, but he’s also a charming improvisation artist who finds true love in the glamorous Tarán. Driven by necessity, he entangles himself in an increasingly absurd web of lies, in which tattooed Mafia bosses and wild car chases are part of everyday life. But this balancing act only succeeds until Mr Neubauer turns up...
Marla and James are young. They fall in love, drift apart, then find each other again. It seems there is no limit to their happiness, until James takes Marla on his marine biology research trip to Mexico. There they become embroiled in a dark intrigue – and falter under the weight of misunderstandings and animosities. Ulysses is the product of another love, now long lost. But more importantly, he is Marla’s father who left her as a child. Struck by melancholy, he decides it is time to die. But first he must find the ideal place for it – or should he perhaps search for his lost daughter instead? Yara Lee’s début is a playful account of love and loss, and of the fact that searching and finding are not always linked.
Jana, the ambitious daughter of a tired-out hotel owner in the Slovakian Tatras, only has her beauty to help her realise her dreams of a better and more exciting life in the wealthy West. She encounters the profiteer Gstettner, who conducts his murky dealings from Vienna. No matter whether it’s fake designer goods or desperate refugees, Gstettner will trade with anything. Tone Kral, a farmer’s son from the Slovenian Karst region who ekes out a living as a waiter and gigolo, and the aged Viennese theatre critic Kalman complete the quartet. Eager for life, the four characters try to make their way in the grey zone between the old and new political order.
Women aren’t like that, they’re totally different...
Uli Brée, creator of the Austrian satirical TV series “Vorstadtweiber”, tells stories about women. Stories that are moving or refreshingly funny, sincere or dishonest, poetically condensed or truthfully remembered. Nothing in this book actually occurred quite like that, yet it’s exactly how it happened. Uli Brée shines a light into dark corners, pays homage to bygone amours, lures us into a world of real and virtual desires and reveals himself as one who never stopped gazing in wonder at the strange yet familiar world of women. But most of all he reminds us of our own amorous adventures – as well as the subsequent comedowns. “A head for heights” speaks about first sex, crushes, moist boyhood fantasies, absurd dreams, the great passion, hormones and chocolate, and journeys through a dating app. It is a sensual and almost honest book which Uli Brée dedicates to all women, from A for adorable to Z for zonked.
Uli Brée is regarded as one of the most successful screenwriters in the German-speaking world and has produced numerous high-rating hits for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF. He is the creator of films such as “Brüder” and “Live is life”, the TV series “Vorstadtweiber” as well as “Vier Frauen und ein Todesfall”. He has also written numerous scripts for the Austrian crime series Tatort, both alone and in collaboration with Rupert Henning. Uli Brée’s first novel, “Vorstadtweiber – Wie alles begann”, was published in 2016. He is currently working on a cinema project with Rupert Henning and André Heller. His current book published by Residenz Verlag: “Schwindelfrei”
K. is an occasional critic, a second-tier commentator who nevertheless writes about important books for a number of well-known broadcasting companies. The discussions he holds with editors about recent publications by Martin Walser, Martin Mosebach, Thomas Hettche, Fritz J. Raddatz and many others are outspoken, witty and direct. At the same time, K. is increasingly preoccupied by questions of survival and moves from Stuttgart to Leipzig because the rents are cheaper. But the fight over time slots for book reviews gets harder ... Has K. himself become incapable of continuing his work, or is he the victim of a book review that is committing self-eradication?
Klaus Siblewski, born in Frankfurt am Main, sporadically writes literary reviews, has been a publishing editor since 1980 and has shaped the programme of the Luchterhand Verlag. He lectures as professor at the “Institut für Literarisches Schreiben und Literaturwissenschaft” at the University of Hildesheim. In 2005 he founded the annual editors’ convention “Deutsche Lektorenkonferenz”. He recently published the collection “Poetische Werke von Ernst Jandl in 6 Bänden” (completed in 2016). His current book published by Residenz Verlag: "Der Gelegenheitskritiker"
Born into a Jewish pre-war family in Vienna, Fritzi’s childhood is characterised by visits to the Viennese Prater and early romances. As a young woman, she flees to England to escape Nazi persecution. She marries Theo, returns to Vienna and is a vivacious and warm-hearted mother to her daughter Lea. But sometimes, Fritzi is so overcome with a nameless sorrow that she cannot get out of bed in the morning. Later, her daughter Lea’s life also seems to be a success, full to the brim with marriage, children, grandchildren and career. Yet she too is haunted by dark dreams and family memories. When more and more people arrive in Vienna fleeing war and terror in Syria and Afghanistan, this challenges Lea’s feeling of helplessness and her successful life threatens to fall apart.
Susanne Scholl, born 1949 in Vienna, studied Slavic Studies in Rome and Moscow. She is best known for her many years as the ORF's foreign correspondent in Moscow. Susanne Scholl has published numerous works and received several awards for her journalistic work and humanitarian commitment, a.o, the Concordia prize and the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. Recent publications include "Emma remains silent" (2014) and "Waiting for Gianni" (2016).
Spending a year in Antarctica and enduring the polar night in a research station takes stamina and determination. That is what Erika appears to have: a renowned bioacoustics specialist, she listens to whales, goes on long dives and challenges herself by practising aikido. Barely anyone knows that she does all of this in order to fight back a paralysing fear, the fear of a world that threatens to overwhelm her. Then musicologist Judith, a young woman full of contradictions, appears in her circle of friends. As the two women grow close, Erika suspects that Judith has given in to the same force that Erika is battling against. Perhaps she went crazy, or then again, perhaps she found a counter-spell and saved herself...
Elisabeth Klar was born 1986 in Vienna and studied comparative literature and transcultural communication. Together with Susanne Müller she runs the Literaturwerkstatt Wien (Vienna literature workshop). She has won many prizes for her short stories: first prize in the European literature competition of the Jugend-Literatur Werkstatt Graz (2004), third prize in the erophil competition (2011), Stipendium Werkstatt für junge Literatur (bursary to attend the new literature workshop, 2012), and finalist in the FM4 Wortlaut competition (2013). Her successful first novel "In the woods“ (2014) received a grant for the most promising young writer by the City of Vienna and was shortlisted at the Rauriser Literature Prize.