Welcome at Droschl and thank you for your interest!

Droschl is in the German speaking world a well-known house for contemporary literature, publishing international authors like Lydia Davis, Oksana Sabuschko, Georgi Gospodinov or Julien Gracq as well as German writing authors like Iris Hanika, Ilma Rakusa, Thomas Stangl, Monique Schwitter, Friederike Gösweiner or Werner Schwab. The names speak for themselves, they stand for an attitude that does not consider literature as representation but as protest and comment from the fringe.

We want to address the reader’s curiosity, those who want to discover something, who focus on words, whose one great love is language, many languages, the innumerable manners of speech.



Shimmering by Helwig Brunner

Helwig Brunner imagines what life on this planet could look like in the 25th century.

»I am thrilled by this atmospheric density.« (Wolfgang Popp)

What remains of life as we know it today? What of our values? And what will the retrospective view from the future of our current age look like? Shimmer proves to be a bundle of questions that fall back on us, our here and now, from a distant future.

It is the 25th century. Climate crisis, species extinction and nuclear disasters have turned the earth into an inhospitable planet that is difficult to live on. Heat and drought are shimmering on and above the world, glaciers are melting, the water is evaporating. Leonard, a researcher into the past, lives in a human area and works on behalf of a powerful authority to describe former sources of hope and devastating failures in human history. He looks at the dark heart of the 20th and 21st centuries and at the same time remembers the love of his life, Lea.


The Compromises by Florian Dietmaier
Awarded with Peter-Rosegger-Preis as outstanding debut
Shortlist Literaturpreis Fulda

A whole life in stages – how can you reconcile major diplomatic world politics, including new, burgeoning or never-ending crises, with family and private life?

Peter, born in 1929, lives a classic diplomat’s life: he has to change his place of residence regularly, travel the world and negotiate solutions in various political offices, pull strings in the background, be tactful in the foreground and reconcile family and career. In short, he has to make many compromises.

In his debut novel, Florian Dietmaier traces in stages a tireless life of diplomacy and family with all its ups and downs, in which not all needs were met. Meticulously researched, The Compromises sheds light on lesser-known episodes in world history between 1960 and 2020, focusing on small and micro-states, showing their importance in the hustle and bustle of the big political stage and the changing times.

»In his very first book, Dietmaier masterfully solves one of the most difficult tasks known to fiction, the connection between the private and the global political level.« (from the jury statement Peter-Rosegger-Preis)


Who I would have become if everything had turned out differently by Nava Ebrahimi

An honest, profound examination of origin, identity and imagination.

Nava Ebrahimi is one of those authors for whom interculturality is firmly inscribed both in her person and in her work. Her family fled from Iran to Germany in the early 1980s. Early on, Nava Ebrahimi was exposed to external ascriptions and had to find her own way.

In the first part of the volume, the Bachmann Prize winner explores her self, her roots as an author and a person, and provides insights into how writing gradually pushed itself to the fore and became unavoidable for her. She shows why the in-between, the ambiguous, and filling in the gaps of what you can’t see are so important to her. Part two focuses on writing, language and form. How difficult is it to use the first-person perspective? How does a process of cutting the cord between characters and author slowly take place during the writing process?

»The author reflects on her origins, her identity and how these are connected to imagination and writing.« (Carsten Hueck, Deutschlandfunk)