It is always beneficial to reflect on literature in basic and unusual contexts instead of categorizing it in terms of writing and reading – and Thomas Stangl is a master of this art.
No other writer, with the possible exception of Helmut Qualtinger, has captured Austrian mentality – whether of intellectuals or the general populace – more accurately than the Carinthian-born Viennese resident Antonio Fian.
»It is widely known that fun and crudeness go together well in Austria, but Fian has found a particularly modern and contemporary way to couple the two.« (Klaus Kastberger, ex libris Ö1)
In the over 80 dramolettes of You cannot know everything, we once again encounter the multiple facets of Austrian nature, be it good or evil, as well as political and cultural opinion leaders.
Eleonore Frey conjures up the world of a seventeen-year-old girl. It is an insecure, perilous, small yet complete world portrayed with sympathy from a distant, slightly ironic angle.
»Gerstl’s language is part of a universal, urban but equally provincial and Viennese world of fantasy, thoughts and reality.« (Thomas Rothschild)