Category Archives: Books by Austrian writers

Unter der Drachenwand by Arno Geiger

Arno Geiger, much praised for his moving memoir of his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s, has now written a book on a much larger canvas: Unter der Drachenwand, Under the Drachenwand, set in 1944 in the last year of the Second … Continue reading

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Geistergeschichte- Ghost Story- by Laura Freudenthaler

The Austrian writer Laura Freudenthaler has just been awarded a European Literature Prize 2019 for Geistergeschichte. This slim, subtle, novel is not a ghost story in a conventional sense, but rather a study of a middle aged woman losing her … Continue reading

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The Radetzky March German Lit Readalong- Part Three

I finished the novel yesterday and here are my responses to the Part Three questions: There seems to be only one true and honest relationship in this novel- the friendship between district administrator von Trotta and doctor Skowronnek. Would  you … Continue reading

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The Radetzky March Spring Readalong- Part 1

What fun to be reading along for #germanlitmonth with Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March! Now this book, in the elegant Penguin Classics Edition translated by Joachim Neugroschel, was already on my shelves. I’d read it before and it only clicked … Continue reading

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Die Hauptstadt- The Capital- by Robert Menasse.

A pig is sighted running amok through the streets of Brussels.  A shot goes off in the nearby Hotel Atlas. So begins die Hauptstadt, the brilliant novel by Robert Menasse, which won the German Book Prize in 2017 and will … Continue reading

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Bis ans Ende, Marie by Barbara Rieger-the story of a friendship.

I first heard about this debut novel by the Austrian writer Barbara Rieger on the Büchermarkt podcast. I was intrigued by the account of a book about a female friendship with an unequal balance of power, having recently read Sally … Continue reading

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All that glitters is not gold… Alles was glaenzt by Marie Gamillscheg.

This debut novel by the Austrian writer Marie Gamillscheg spoke to me as soon as I heard it was about a former mining community in decline: I’ve hugely enjoyed reading accounts of mining communities in novels by Ralph Rothmann and … Continue reading

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