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Peter Rosei - Wonderful life

Truth and poetry

Can a poet tell the truth? Peter Rosei attempts exactly this – radical, self-critical and with the firm belief that life is wonderful.

“Wonderful life” is not simply Peter Rosei’s autobiography. It is the attempt to achieve literary truthfulness and tell at the same time the story of a writer who has lived many lives. His motto could be: Life is wonderful, even if it is dreadful at some points. After a humble upbringing, the young man quickly makes good money as the private secretary of the painter Ernst Fuchs. However, he decides to leave everything behind, in order to follow his vocation as poet. Years of deep crises are followed by an adventurous bohemian life side by side with artists and writers of the seventies and eighties, among them his closest and long-standing friend H. C. Artmann. And then there is the big turning point – but read yourself: truth and poetry complement each other in this text.

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224 pages
format:140 x 215
ISBN: 9783701717668
Release date: 11.04.2023

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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).


Dieses bewegte Leben hat er irrsinnig gut eingefangen. (...) Und damit holt er dich natürlich sofort rein.
[Quelle: Rotraut Schöberl, CAFÉ PULS]

Er beschreibt Begegnungen, Episoden und Miniatur-Tragödien mit großer Intensität, lässt aber Protagonisten seines Lebenswegs in der Nacherzählung erstaunlich leicht wieder zurück. (...) Herausgekommen ist ein Gebäude, mehr von runden Bögen als von schroffen Ecken gekennzeichnet, mehr Hundertwasser als Bauhaus. Nicht einschüchternd und abweisend. Sondern anziehend und geheimnisvoll. Wunderlich und wunderbar.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Huber-Lang, APA]

Im atemberaubenden Wechsel der Register hat Peter Rosei eine furiose Bestandsaufnahme der eigenen Techniken vorgenommen: Ich ist stets ein anderer. Aber wie viel lieber wäre man von Rosei beschrieben als nur vom Leben gezeichnet.
[Quelle: Ronald Pohl, DER STANDARD]

Peter Rosei erstellt im Buch ein Panorama des gesellschaftlichen Lebens der Künstler und Intellektuellen der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.
[Quelle: Imogena Doderer, ORF ZIB 1]

Seine Erzählung ist eine berauschend schöne Erinnerung an das, was vielleicht war.
[Quelle: Barbara Beer, KURIER]

Herausgekommen ist ein Gebäude, mehr von runden Bögen als von schroffen Ecken gekennzeichnet, mehr Hundertwasser als Bauhaus. Nicht einschüchternd und abweisend. Sondern anziehend und geheimnisvoll. Wunderlich und wunderbar.
[Quelle: APA]

„Das wunderbare Leben“ mit dem auf einen großen Kollegen referierenden Untertitel „Wahrheit und Dichtung“ ist ein besonders feines Stück Prosa, gut auch für die Geschichtsschreibung.
[Quelle: NEWS]

Peter Rosei ist neben Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke und Elfriede Jelinek einer der bedeutendsten Schriftsteller der nicht unbedeutenden österreichischen Literatur nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg – das wird durch seine uneitle Autobiographie deutlich.
[Quelle: Janko Ferk, WIENER ZEITUNG]

Es ist eine Biografie, in der der Dichter Rosei sehr viel aus seinem Leben preisgibt. Teilweise ist es sehr Intimes und Vertrauliches.
[Quelle: Johann Günther, AUSTRIA FORUM]

Peter Rosei stellt aber schreibend Elemente zur Verfügung, mit dem sich die Leserin, der Leser eine Wahrheit zusammenbauen kann. Und das ist am Ende schön.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Straub, Ö1 EX LIBRIS]

Ein stilistisch schönes und aussagekräftiges Buch, vor allem als Dokument zum Verständnis des literarischen Aufbruchs in den Siebzigern.
[Quelle: Christian Schacherreiter, OBERÖSTERREICHISCHE NACHRICHTEN]

Rosei beschränkt sich nicht darauf, seinen Werdegang zu beschreiben, sondern nimmt uns mit in seine Gedanken, über das Leben, die Liebe und das Schreiben. (...) So mancher Satz sagt mehr als eine Seite anderer Autoren. Rosei ist kein Mann der vielen Worte – aber ein Mann der richtigen.
[Quelle: Oliver Herzig, BÜCHER BÜCHER BÜCHER]

Der Autor merkt in seiner Autobiografie an, dass er damit sein Leben nicht bloß nacherzählen, sondern begreifen wollte. (...) Absolut zu empfehlen!

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