Tagged: Austria

Paris Berlin New York – The Color of The City

            by Wolfgang Hermann translated by Mark Miscovich In the age of “Sex and the City,” when Manhattan has been elevated to the Mecca of the world, Wolfgang Hermann prefers to wander through the red-light district, immigrant quarters, bad neighborhoods and the docks. Hermann’s readers are confronted with homeless people, immigrants and the poor. Other people and their stories abound in his writing, although Hermann’s poor flâneurs are not granted the privilege of merely strolling and observing, for encounters play a particularly pivotal role in his texts. With an introduction by Mark Miscovich.

Link and Lerke

            by Bernd Schuchter translated by Rachel Hildebrandt A puzzling inheritance leads Ariel Link to Hohenems, his father’s hometown. An unknown woman bequeaths him a secretary, and her daughter Lerke is left to work out the details. From this chance meeting a fragile love story with an uncertain outcome develops. A tribute to memory and its intertwined connections to daily existence. Published with the support of Bundeskanzleramt Österreich.

Herr Faustini Takes a Trip

            by Wolfgang Hermann translated by Rachel Hildebrandt Herr Faustini lives alone in a small Austrian village close to the Swiss border. He is content to spend his days as he always has: in the company of his cat, his old armchair and two beloved potted plants in his little garden. A series of events cause Faustini to question the boundaries of his life. He finds himself trying to tie the little tricks of destiny into tighter knots that would give deeper meaning to his own existence. When his sister, who long before married and settled in sunnier southern Switzerland, celebrates a milestone birthday and invites him to visit, Herr Faustini initially hesitates. However, once he decides to take the trip, he discovers the thrill of loving and being loved in return. Herr Faustini feels tempted. But he finds himself unable to cope with the prospect of happiness so late in life. He decides to return to his former, quiet solitude. While travelling through this delightful book, we may wonder why we feel so strangely drawn toward this incredibly sensitive, unique character. The answer should be obvious: because somewhere, deep in all of us, a Herr Faustini breathes.