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Werner Garstenauer

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book review angel of oblivion

Books | “Angel of Oblivion” by Maja Haderlap: A History of Violent Persecution

Maja Haderlap’s debut novel Angel of Oblivion confronts the past in Austria’s borderlands. Austrian writer Maja Haderlap is a farmer’s daughter from Bad Eisenkappel, in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province. This bi-lingual borderland has been the...
whole life

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Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud. Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established...
Idyll with Drowning Dog and Madalyn

Books | Austrian Novelist Michael Köhlmeier Grapples with his Daughter’s Death

Austrian Michael Köhlmeier’s reinvention of the novel with Idyll with Drowning Dog and Madalyn Michael Köhlmeier is a man of his times. One of the most respected writers of his generation in Austria, Köhlmeier is...
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