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Moritz Franz Beichl

Moritz Franz Beichl

completed a year’s practical theatre training as an intern and actor at the ‘Junge Burg’ at the Burgtheater in Vienna, then went on to study theatre directing at the Theaterakademie Hamburg. During his training he was invited to stage productions at several festivals, and in 2019 he was awarded the Nestroy Prize for Best Young Director. He has staged productions at various theatres including the Landestheater Niederösterreich and Schauspielhaus Hamburg, and is currently director in residence at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen. He has published short stories and poetry in literary magazines and anthologies. "The Abolition of Weekdays" is his first novel.

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Coverabbildung von 'Die Abschaffung der Wochentage'


Moritz Franz Beichl’s compelling debut novel is an unrestrained hymn to desire, but also bears unvarnished witness to the realities of living with depression and bipolar disorder. When the narrator is abandoned by his boyfriend and – after a suicide attempt – is admitted to a psychiatric ward, he begins messaging his lost love. He texts obsessively, without hoping for a reply, but is lucid and ironic when discussing conditions at the hospital. After being discharged, he tries to find a precarious balance in his new life between ordinary everyday reality and excess. Building on these intimate, confessional passages, Beichl explores society’s treatment of feelings and bodies, of non-normative psyches and queer desires.