Ilse Helbich’s unsentimental notes from an endangered and thus all the more valuable life in old age
Tinged with autobiographical details, Helbich’s text The House tells the story of a woman over 60, who, against any reason and against the well-meaning advice of her friends, grants herself her dearest wish and buys an old house.
Pictures and Stories from a sunken world – the rare joy in the recollection of a preserved past.
»I would like to suggest contemplating those novels by Peter Handke or Christoph Ransmayr, by Elfriede Jelinek or Urs Widmer, published throughout the last two and a half decades, from another angle for a change – as if those authors were Hoffer’s successors.« (Hermann Wallmann, WDR)
Of the terror of not being loved – a perplexing novel about desire
Thomas Jonigk portrays two very different people with empathy and kindness and leads them out of a seemingly hopeless situation.
In her second novel Anna Kim concentrates on missing persons – »A moving novel.« (FAZ)
An account of Greenland that goes beyond a mere scenic narration: a piercing study on being different.
A year in the lives of a mother and daughter.
A pointy and humorours portrait of middle-class living today. Both want to break free from the straight and narrow path in order to scrutinise – and ultimately understand – one another.
A novel about the economics of love and sexuality, about the pitfalls of freedom and the art not to take decisions …
A novel brimming with vibrancy, casting a clear and alert look at old and new gender roles
A grand Austrian novel about youth and education under the Nazi regime.
A radical, unusual and at times more than comical tour de force in the footsteps of Max Dauthendey!
Dangerous and mysterious is the world, and in these whirring uncertainties only the text lends support.
A summer in a French fishing village at the Atlantic Ocean: extremely captivating images in Yorck Kronenbergs’ novel.
Three weeks in the summer, a hike from Vienna to Budapest
Roman Markus’s Thingy, or Tomorrow we turn to dust is a »pretty good summer novel full of wit, drive and frenzied action.« (Jenaer Stadtmagazin)
Unusual views on the 20th century in Russia – a playful and sensible novel.
Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2012: »Fantastic, how the big story is reflected in the little ones« says jury member Paul Jandl.