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Josef Winkler

I'm going to pluck one of my eyelashes out and stab you to death with it

»Travelling in order to become homeless«, writes Henri Michaux. When Josef Winkler was writing his novels about his Austrian region of Carinthia, the author repeatedly journeyed to Italy, and later to India and Mexico. He always took along stories by other writers, and inserted short quotes from them as insets in his poetological reports.

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Josef Winkler

Der Leibeigene

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Josef Winkler

Natura morta

Crossing the street in the afternoon in a deluge of rain to buy pizza for his colleagues, the fig seller’s beautiful son is hit by a fire engine, and dies instantly. The drama calms in the subsequent laying out of the corpse and the somenity of the burial, bringing to mind the still lives, somehow animated, of 17th century Italian and Flemish painters.

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Josef Winkler

Roppongi

Josef Winkler approaches the life, death and funeral of his father from ever new angles – organizing a "wake" for his father and thus allowing this larger-than-life figure who dominated his childhood and his early works to rise up once again.

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Josef Winkler

Die Verschleppung

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Josef Winkler

Wenn es soweit ist

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Josef Winkler

Das Zöglingsheft des Jean Genet

His discovery of Genet's work and life proved decisive for Winkler's attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality.

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Katharina Winkler

Blue Jewellery

Filiz grows up in a Kurdish village in Turkey. She is twelve when she falls in love with Yunus, only a couple of years older than her, and they start to dream of a life together in the West: »›How do we want to live, Yunus?‹ / ›In jeans. We’ll be wearing blue jeans. In Germany.‹«

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Christa Wolf

Another view

Shortly after the collapse of Communism, Christa Wolf spent some time at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Far away in the West, in a foreign world, she looks back at her life in the east of a Germany united in 1990, surrenders to the memories that have left their mark on her and absorbs her new environment with all her sense, the people, the landscape on the edge of the Pacific, life in California, the city of émigrés such as Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger.

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Christa Wolf

August

Christa Wolf’s last story, written in the summer of 2011

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Christa Wolf

Patterns of Childhood

This novel is a testament of what seemed at the time a fairly ordinary childhood, in the bosom of a normal Nazi family in Landsberg.

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Christa Wolf

Moscow Diaries

»Moscow! I had asked myself beforehand what the first thing to make an impression upon me might be.« So begin Christa Wolf’s writings about a city which she visited for the first time in 1957. In October 1989, right in the middle of those tumultuous weeks of change, she took what was to be her last trip to the Soviet Union. All in all, she had visited the country a total of ten times, shadowed, however, each and every time by the secret services of both the USSR and GDR.

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Christa Wolf

Obituary for the Living

Written in 1971, now published for the first time: the story of a young woman, the story of her flight.

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Christa Wolf

Speak, that I may see you

This volume is a collection of Christa Wolf’s late essays, lectures and interviews, put together by the author herself. Many of these texts are previously unpublished.

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Christa Wolf

City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud

It amounts to a veritable literary event: Christa Wolf’s completion of the major new novel on which she worked for more than ten years. City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud reflects the entire life of the Büchner Prize-winning writer, repeatedly in connection with crucial moments in post-war German history. Readers familiar with her work will discover in this latest novel new and fascinating facets of her writing; others will view City of Angels as an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of one of the great contemporary authors writing in German.

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Christa Wolf

One Day a Year

After the overwhelming success of City of Angels (hitherto translated into 22 languages) there now follows the eagerly awaited posthumous publication of the second half of her diary project One Day a Year.

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Gisela von Wysocki

Wiesengrund

Stars are made from plasma and glass. Her father must know, as an astrophysicist famous far beyond the reaches of Salzburg. Yet Hanna Werbezirk still believes that they are eternal. And isn’t really inclined to serve him as an assistant in his astronomical lab. On a nightly radio show, she secretly listens to a series of lectures by an author whose name she’ll remember. Wisengrund. He could be helpful in resolving her question about the structure of stars. His words, nimble and versatile, provide her with a look into a world with very different laws. The feeling of complicity with the radiophone, nocturnal visitor make reading his works an event accompanied by butterflies in her stomach.

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Gisela von Wysocki

Making Music

Berlin’s Roaring Twenties and the history of the gramophone record, narrated as an éducation musicale by a pupil of Adorno

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