Heimrad Bäcker was born in 1925 in Vienna and died in 2003 in Linz. He studied Philosophy, Sociology and Ethnology in Graz and Vienna. Bäcker was an Austrian writer, belonging to the international avant-garde, editor of the literary journals »neue texte« (1968-1991) and publisher of »edition neue texte« (1976-1991). He wrote lyric poetry, radio plays and documentary poetry, dealing with the history of Holocaust and National Socialism in his books nachschrift (transcript, 1986) und nachschrift 2 (transcript 2, 1997).
»I consider transcript to be a major work of concrete poetry and, beyond that, proof that its methods can convey reality much more intensively than the methods of description.« (Friedrich Achleitner, Austrian artist)
Publications: seestück (1985), nachschrift (transcript, 1986), referendum (1988), epitaph (1988), Gehen wir wirklich in den Tod? (1989), SGRA (1990), Gedichte und Texte (1993), Beschrifteter Raum (installation, 1993), epitaph (stage adaption, 1993), nachschrift 2 (transcript 2, 1997).