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Peter Rosei - The happiness myth

With no illusions but plenty of empathy, Peter Rosei explores the hardships of searching for happiness in the current times.

Lena from the Styrian village, Andràs from the Hungarian tower block and Eva Bartuska from the Czech town of Brno have all come to Vienna seeking happiness and fulfilment. They drift through the city propelled by the promise of social and economic betterment and the dream of true love. But what is this prized happiness? Sometimes it's a branch manager position, sometimes a wild night out, and often a flimsy illusion that shatters on the rocks of everyday hostility. Yet in this novel on the myth of happiness, Rosei strikes an uncharacteristically conciliatory tone. “And so, those who come eye to eye with the degradations of life and abandon all hope, ultimately still have a right to the happiness they long for.”

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176 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701717415
Release date: 16.03.2021

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Peter Rosei

born in Vienna in 1946, Rosei studied at Vienna University and received a doctorate in law in 1968. He has been a freelance writer since 1972, based in Vienna and travelling extensively. His numerous awards include the Franz Kafka Prize 1993, the Anton Wildgans Prize 1999 and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art 2007. He was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria in 2016. Most recently published: Die "Wiener Dateien" (boxed set of 5 books, 2016), "Karst" (2018), "Die große Straße" (2019).


Peter Rosei geht in dieser Fragestellung weit über das Schicksal des Einzelnen hinaus; unaufdringlich deutet er die ökonomischen und politischen Zusammenhänge und die genderspezifischen Unterschiede an , welche die Bedingungen des jeweiligen Glücks beeinflussen.
[Quelle: Alexandra Millner, DIE PRESSE]

Die große Gabe von Peter Rosei, Charaktere mit wenigen Wörtern zu skizzieren und ihre Beziehungsverstrickungen zu betonen, zeigt sich auch in seinem aktuellen Buch "Das Märchen vom Glück". (…) Geschickt verknüpft Rosei die sozialen Milieus und macht mit dem "Märchen vom Glück" die unausweichlichen Abhängigkeiten schmerzlich bewusst, ohne mit dem Zeigefinger darauf hinzuweisen.
[Quelle: Alexander Peer, LITERATURHAUS.AT]

So viel Leben! Einfaches Leben. Das ergibt in konzentrierten Sätzen, in Essenzen, ein großes Glück, was Peter Rosei gelungen ist.
[Quelle: Peter Pisa, KURIER]

In seinem neuen Roman widmet sich Peter Rosei ganz ohne Sozialromantik den Rändern der Gesellschaft.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Huber-Lang, APA]

Eine Geschichte, die angenehm und leicht zu lesen ist. Ein flüssiger Stil. Aber auch das Thema hat einen Tiefgang.
[Quelle: Johann Günther, AUSTRIA-FORUM]

So begleitet auch Rosei Frauen und Männer in seiner Prosa, skizziert sie typenhaft wie im Märchen. Die Erzählperspektive wechselt ständig vom Außen ins Innen, und von einer Figur zur anderen. So wird kein individueller Entwicklungsweg gezeigt, sondern mehrere Wege und Möglichkeiten.
[Quelle: Brigitte Schwens-Harrant, FURCHE]

Wie immer bei Rosei: Empfehlung.
[Quelle: Oliver Herzig, XING]

In einen knappen, dialogreichen (Umgangs-)Sprache setzt der mehrfach ausgezeichnete Autor die Protagonist*innen schemenhaft ins Bild und lässt so viel Deutungsspielraum.
[Quelle: Gabriele Fachinger, EKZ]

Stets widmet sich Rosei dem Menschen in seiner Verstrickung in das unvorhersehbare Schicksal – und stets wird dabei ein zutiefst empathischer Blick eines Autors auf seine Helden erkennbar.
[Quelle: Björn Hayer, WIENER ZEITUNG]

Glücksversprechen und Romantizismen sind seine Sache nicht. Seine Protagonisten gewinnen selten den Jackpot in der Lebens-Lotterie – und wenn, zahlen sie am Ende tüchtig drauf.
[Quelle: APA]

Peter Rosei nimmt in seinen Romanen die ganze Gesellschaft ins Visier.
[Quelle: Sebastian Fasthuber, FALTER]

Er zählt zu den produktivsten und vielseitigsten Schriftsteller unserer Zeit.
[Quelle: Katja Gasser, ORF ZiB]

Rosei verwandelt die Beobachtung seiner Mitmenschen in Literatur.
[Quelle: 3 SAT]

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