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Gernot Wolfgruber - His Own Master

Novel

Gernot Wolfgruber’s 1976 classic “Herrenjahre” (“His Own Master”) – back in print at last

Following his time as an apprentice Bruno Melzer’s hopes for his time as His Own Master are not fulfilled. The dream of independence soon proves to be a fragile utopia. He undergoes a painful disillusion process doing monotonous work on a factory conveyor belt, then loses his remaining vestiges of freedom as a one night stand makes him a father. But along with the story of the worker Bruno, this famous novel paints a broader picture of social conditions and attitudes at the time, and remains highly relevant today.

Book details

360 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701716616
Release date: 16.07.2015

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Authors
Gernot Wolfgruber

born 1944 in southern Austria, abandoned an apprenticeship as a textile printer and typesetter and worked as a manual labourer and programmer. He took his school leaving exams as an adult then studied journalism and politics in Vienna, where he was awarded his doctorate in 1979 and still lives as a full-time writer.
 

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Die Neuauflage ist wärmstens zu empfehlen. Wer die 1960er Jahre erlebt hat, wird sie an vielen charakteristischen Details des Alltags wiedererkennen. Wer jünger ist, bekommt Einblick in eine Epoche, die bereits historisch geworden ist.
[Quelle: Renate Langer, BIBLIOTHEKSNACHRICHTEN]

„Herrenjahre“ ist ein „Feel bad“-Buch. Es deprimiert, verstört, wie die Filme von Haneke oder Seidl. Und doch habe ich das Buch in zwei Tagen ausgelesen, was für Wolfgrubers schriftstellerische Qualitäten spricht; schade, dass dieser Autor seit vielen Jahren verstummt ist. In Summe: ein lesenswerter Klassiker der österreichischen Gegenwartsliteratur – und der Tristesse.
[Quelle: XING, Oliver Herzig]

Die „Herrenjahre“ sind Hardcore – allerdings abseits jeglichen nihilistischen verzweiflungsfrohen Schicks.
[Quelle: Klaus Nüchtern, FALTER]

„Herrenjahre“ ist auf merkwürdige Weise ein sentimentaler, auch ideologischer Roman, allerdings mit großer Meisterschaft geschrieben. Alle gegenwärtige Gesellschaftskritik schaut daneben blass aus. Das Gefasel der Zeitgenossen vierzig Jahre nach Entstehung dieses Buches über Neokapitalismus wirkt wie die geballte Wut eines Pensionisten-Vereins. Gernot Wolfgruber hat mit „Herrenjahre“ nicht nur ein „Grundbuch“ der 2. österreichischen Republik geschrieben, es ist bis heute ziemlich spannend zu lesen. Dass es aus 1976 stammt, merkt man ihm in keinem Moment an.
[Quelle: Erich Klein , Ö1 Ex Libris]
 

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