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Michael Stavaric - Terminifera

Lois is a nurse, undoubtedly a profession with a reasonable amount of decency. He truly knows how it feels to be entrusted to people who only want the best for you: a childhood in an orphanage, over the hills and far away, is also far away from a fairy tale. As an adult, the world still does not feel like home to him, and neither does Vienna: hairy monsters stroll along Mariahilferstraße, ants are building a mega city under ground, and the city is sitting above it like a sleeping giant. His neighbour Kristina, on her part, has ambitions: private ones that include Lois, professional ones that include pathology. One day, Lois discovers migratory locusts on his windowsill, tiny and fragile monsters that the wind had taken far, far away. Just like Lois himself. Yet flying does not make you an angel, let alone Superman… In his second novel, Michael Stavaric portraits another peculiar character facing an eerie world, and, to quote critics of his debut novel stillborn, he does it “brilliantly”, “masterly”, “linguistically overwhelming”.

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152 pages
format:110 x 190
ISBN: 978370171475
Release date: 01.01.2007

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Michael Stavaric

was born in Brno (Czech Republic) in 1972. Lives in Vienna where he studied Bohemistics and Journalism. Has since been working as a writer, translator and publisher. Numerous publications.He was awarded in the International Poetry Competition (Dublin, 2002) and with the Literaturpreis der Akademie Graz (Graz, 2003). Michael Stavarič is pricewinner of the Buch.Preis 2007 for his novel "stillborn" and got the Adelbert-von-Chamisso literary award 2008 for „Terminifera".


The loose structure of “Terminifera“ and the arrangement of impressions, dreams and thoughts are redolent of Peter Handke’s “The Peddler“ while the narrated childhood in an orphanage reminds of Thomas Bernhard’s autobiographic work. - ORF

Already now I am convinced that Michael Stavarič’s “Terminifera“ is one of the great novels of this year. (...) From most amazing perspectives, reminiscent of the early sarcastic works of Samuel Beckett or Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Stavarič outlines the (counter-) worlds created by the main character in order to fight a feeling of loneliness. His ludicrous language, brilliant in its plainness, makes you want to leap from your seat time and time again. - Kleine Zeitung

Michael Stavarič is the glam rocker among Austria’s young writers: fast, funny, fancy. - Falter With "Terminifera“, writer Michael Stavaric presents his second brilliant novel (…) -Profil

His recent novel "stilborn“ was a bold linguistic construct. With "Terminifera“, his keenness for experiment stands above the story. The layers of reflection are nearly infinite. - FM4

Stavaric is not dedicated to a straightforward way of storytelling. His texts have rough edges which can ache at times. - Standard

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