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Gerhard Fritsch

Gerhard Fritsch

born 1924 in Vienna, died 1969 in Vienna. Following his return from World War II, Fritsch studied history and literature. He worked as a publishing editor and librarian, and from 1958 as a freelance writer and literary critic. Fritsch was awarded numerous literary prizes and published several volumes of poetry, as well as the novels "Moos auf den Steinen" (1956) and "Fasching" (1967); "Katzenmusik" was published posthumously (Residenz, 1974).


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Gerhard Fritsch Klaus Kastberger (Edited by) Stefan Alker-Windbichler (Commentaries by) - We cannot live the way we want


Who was Gerhard Fritsch? One of the most significant Austrian authors of the post-war era, to be named in the same breath as Hans Lebert or Thomas Bernhard? A highly active literary figure, who as a reviewer, editor, critic and member of numerous juries significantly influenced the literary world of his time? A driven individual, who was married three times, fathered four children and in the end hanged himself dressed in women's clothes? The author of "Moos auf den Steinen" and "Fasching" who cut his life short was all that and more. Accessible to the public for the first time, his diaries offer an insight into his creative crises, flights of fancy and private transvestite yearnings. But above all, they show us Gerhard Fritsch as a tireless writer and enable an entirely new reading of his work.