Walter Famler (Edited by)

Born 1958 in Bad Hall, Famler is general secretary of the Vienna arts association Alte Schmiede and editor of the literary magazine “Wespennest”. Together with Harald Klauhs he is joint editor of the complete works of Adolf Holl.

Adolf Holl

Born 1930 in Vienna, Holl died in 2020 in Vienna, where he had lived as a writer and freelance publicist. Holl was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1954. His book “Jesus in schlechter Gesellschaft” (1971) brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church and he was eventually suspended from his priestly duties in 1976. He received numerous awards, including the Austrian Staatspreis für Kulturpublizistik (2003) and the Axel Corti Prize (2006). Previously published by Residenz Verlag: “Wie gründe ich eine Religion” (2009), “Das Adolf-Holl-Brevier” (2010), “Können Priester fliegen?” (2012), “Braunau am Ganges” (2015).

That´s Holl at his best. A cross section, wisely and capably chosen by Walter Famler (...), through the extensive work of a critical thinker, a keen contemporary, an accomplished non-fiction author and a brilliant essayist. (...) DIE PRESSE, Peter Henisch

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Adolf Holl - Braunau on the Ganges

Adolf Holl embarks on a journey into the spirit world. He's looking for passage between the real and the shadow world. He succeeds in India, the place of longing for so many trying to make sense of the world. One finds what the West has lost – but also the bloody, bloodthirsty, and even the ultimate evil: Lord Shiva, the goddess Kali and the reborn Hitler ... Like an explorer of foreign continents Holl explored the contact points of the visible and the invisible worlds of Western thought and Eastern wisdom, of rulers and prophets. An invitation to an expedition through the endless expanses of religions. Adolf Holl, born in 1930 in Vienna was ordained a priest in 1954. His book "Jesus in Bad Company" (1971) brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. In 1976 he was suspended from the priesthood. He now works as a writer and freelance journalist. He’s won numerous awards, including the Austrian State Prize for Cultural Journalism (2003) and Axel Corti Prize (2006).

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Adolf Holl - Can priests fly?

Plädoyer für den Wunderglauben

Padre Pio can float in thin air, the dead can come back to life, faqirs can make themselves invisible and Virgin Mary can heal tumors. It seems like God never tires of trying out new things. Just like people never tire of miracles in their lives, whether its sports or a classical concert. This book is a perfect opportunity to marvel. Adolf Holl offers a concise overview of the long history of humankind’s belief in miracles. In a fine balancing act between stories and aphorisms he captures the rare moments that open our eyes to a world full of miracles. A must for everyone who wants to believe and marvel.

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Adolf Holl - How to found a Religion?

Buddha went to the woods, Jesus to the desert and Mohammed crouched down in a cave in order to carve a name to themselves. So, what does Adolf Holl do? At the hair dresser’s he links philosophy and literature with spiritual intellectual history only to find his way back to a profane lifestyle. With “How To Found A Religion” the freethinker Adolf Holl drew up a manifesto. An essential, profound and affectionate one. Intending to found a religion, Holl takes a wander through the history of religions, asking “why” – why a profession of faith? The present day has sent the founders of our religions back to the desert and now a solution it is, what we need: a new religion! Adolf Holl asks questions and searches for the answers. Only one thing he is sure of: The suitable religion is still to be found. Ironically, funny as well as rich in content he describes his longing for a denomination that works and thus can be lived.

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Adolf Holl Walter Famler (Edited by) Harald Klauhs (Edited by) - Mystik für Anfänger

Der Weg nach innen, die Suche nach der verlorenen Identität. Die Lust am Geheimnis, die Sehnsucht nach dem Wunderbaren. Adolf Holl sucht die Mystik dort, wo sie jedermann finden kann – um die nächste Ecke, in den unscheinbaren Vorfällen des Alltags. Er illustriert seinen Kurs mit ausgewählten Beispielen aus der Geschichte. Buddha, Katakombenchristen, mittelalterliche Freigeister, Taboristen und Quäker werden zu Reiseführern ins unbekannte Land der Seele. Holls Mystik ist weder rückwärtsgewandt noch weltflüchtig. Auf selten begangenen Wegen sucht sie ihr Ziel: Glaube ohne Blendwerk, Geheimnis ohne Nebel, Schönheit ohne Lüge. 14 Lektionen zum Verständnis authentischer Mystik.

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Adolf Holl Walter Famler (Edited by) Harald Klauhs (Edited by) - Tod und Teufel

Adolf Holls Buch „Tod und Teufel“, sein zweiter publizistischer Erfolg nach dem Paukenschlag von “Jesus in schlechter Gesellschaft“, ist sein vielleicht persönlichstes Werk. In ihm wird in aller Ausführlichkeit beschrieben, wie es kam, dass Holl vom Ministranten zum katholischen Priester wurde – um bald, in dieser seiner Funktion, die ein streng keusches Leben erforderte, vom schlimmsten Feind der männlichen Tugend heimgesucht zu werden: der Hinneigung zum weiblichen Geschlecht. Die Weltlichkeit des Gottesmannes und sein Sinnieren über das Zölibat gab dessen religiöser Passion von Anfang an eine ketzerische Note.

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Adolf Holl Walter Famler (Edited by) Harald Klauhs (Edited by) - JESUS IN BAD COMPANY

Adolf Holl's best-seller “Jesus in schlechter Gesellschaft” / “Jesus in Bad Company” was first published in German and English fifty years ago. The book portrays Jesus as an outsider, a gentle revolutionary and social reformer who questioned dogmas and whose ideas on morality went against rigid power structures. Widely translated, Holl's depiction of Jesus was met with both fierce rejection and exultant approval far beyond Catholic circles and still provides impetus for reflection today. This anniversary issue is the first in a twelve-volume edition of Holl's complete works and includes an editor's introduction and an afterword by Horst Junginger.