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Moritz Franz Beichl

Moritz Franz Beichl

born in Vienna in 1992, studied at the Hamburg Theatre Academy. He has made a name for himself as a director in Germany and Austria with queer classic productions, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Nestroy Prize in 2019 and the Culture Prize of the Province of Lower Austria in 2023. Moritz Franz Beichl lives in Vienna. His debut novel "Die Abschaffung der Wochentage" and his first theatre play "Effi, Ach, Effi Briest" (S. Fischer Verlag) were published in 2022. His most recent publication is "Männer" (2024).

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Coverabbildung von 'Männer'

Moritz Franz Beichl - Men

In Moritz Franz Beichl's novel, two men meet who have nothing in common - except one essential thing: their father. Because everything distinguishes the narrator from his brother Konrad, the lawyer and family man who lives in a nice house - and perpetuates a conventional image of masculinity. More attractive, more modern, but with all the normative violence that has always been there. But now the father has died, the two brothers have to organise the funeral together - and for the first time the narrator has something to offer his older brother: a self-determined life as a ballet dancer, as a gay man, as a stubborn single man. The old conflicts break out, but reconciliation may also be possible without fully understanding each other's lives.

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.