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Friedrich Achleitner

Intellectual somersaults, full of wit and bizarre humour: new prose miniatures by word-spinner Friedrich Achleitner.

"A perfect unity of droll humour, fresh perspectives and sharp style. Seeking comparisons, you would have to combine several kindred spirits: Doderer's and Bernhard's very short stories, perhaps, spiced with a dash of Max Goldt." – Literarische Welt on Friedrich Achleitner's prose. Achleitner, former member of the legendary Wiener Gruppe around H.C. Artmann and Konrad Bayer, climbs like an acrobat to the high-wire to perform intellectual somersaults of wit and bizarre humour.

After years of poetic abstinence this "gifted juggler of words" (Sigrid Löffler) who is also a distinguished architectural historian, returned to the literary stage, to charm with two wonderfully subtle collections of short and shorter texts. Since then his readership has continued to grow.

His new book, too, "achieves a maximum of effect with a minimum of effort", as one critic put it. Stories of one-armed bandits in second-hand shops, of owls in Athens, white cannibals in Austria and the juste milieu of his native architectural scene testify to Achleitner's extraordinary view of – ostensibly – everyday situations.

"The master of laconic understatement." (Ulrich Weinzierl, Die Welt)

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