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Moritz Franz Beichl - THE ABOLITION OF WEEKDAYS

In a novel at once merciless and tender, Moritz Franz Beichl explores lovesickness, depression and what it means to have a lust for life.

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.

Book details

176 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701717576
Release date: 23.08.2022

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Authors
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.

Press

Der Roman ist aufwühlend, mitreißend und witzig zugleich.
[Quelle: Alice Pfitzner, ORF, ZIB]

Der Roman ist Psychiatrie-Tagebuch, Protokoll einer Depression und Bekenntnis zu Lust und queerem Begehren in einem.
[Quelle: Sebastian Fasthuber, FALTER]

Wertvoll ist [...] vor allem Beichls Sprache, die sich aus dem Irrglauben windet, Emotionen ließen sich nur möglichst direkt als private Befindlichkeit ausdrücken. Besonders in den Aufzeichnungen aus der Psychiatrie und den Pariser Jahren findet Beichl einen Tonfall, der die Empfindsamkeit eines leidenden Menschen mitteilbar macht, ohne sich im Interieur extremer Subjektivität zu verirren.
[Quelle: Samuel Hamen, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR]

Letztlich ist Die Abschaffung der Wochentage ein schillerndes Buch über Depressionen und Mental Health, nicht ohne Unterhaltungswert; ein im Nachhall der Pandemie und sozialer Vereinzelung wichtiges, ja notwendiges Buch, das konsequent nach einem neuen Blick auf die Thematik sucht; ein überzeugender Debütroman ...
[Quelle: David Wimmer, LITERATURHAUS WIEN]

Und die titelgebende "Abschaffung der Wochentage"? Die ist ein Vorschlag des Psychiatrie-Patienten, der aus dem engen Korsett eines immer wiederkehrenden Wochen-Stundenplans, der jedem Tag eine genaue Struktur verpasst, von der "Frühaktivierung" bis zur Physiotherapie, ausbrechen möchte. Die Befreiung aus dem Hamsterrad der Verpflichtungen erfolgt über die Benennung. Jeder Tag ist neu. Und jeder neue Tag heißt künftig anders.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Huber-Lang, APA]

Es ist ein beachtlicher Debütroman, den Moritz Franz Beichl geschrieben hat - und es ist, wie man meinen könnte, kein tristes Buch. Denn es steckt voll renitenter Überlebenslust.
[Quelle: Eva Schobel, ex libris, Ö1]

Dramatisch und witzig geschrieben, der Hauptcharakter richtig fertig und durch.
[Quelle: Dominik Staudenraus ARABELLA BUCHHANDLUNG]

Ein Leben mit Depression und einer bipolaren Störung – das Ganze in einem Debütroman? Das soll jetzt nicht abschrecken, denn es ist durchaus gelungen und nicht ohne Witz.
[Quelle: XTRA]

 

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