Andrea Winkler: „Die Frau auf meiner Schulter“
Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien Literarisches Quartier,
A village next to a river, a ruin and a local train that stops a couple of times a day. A retreat where Martha goes to recover after a series of blows. For Martha this secluded house for those “have fallen out of step with time and yet still have to live in it” is the perfect spot.
In her new novel, Andrea Winkler tells the story of a young woman who tries to take some time out. Too much has happened for Martha to continue as before. Very slowly, from winter to the beginning of summer, she succeeds in opening up to the village in her own way. “I never go to sleep here without taking a look at the graveyard. Its closeness reassures me.” The desire to belong, the essence of togetherness, the dream of happiness – like no other writer, Andrea Winkler describes everyday life with a sensual, evocative and precise language.