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Josef Winkler

In the last ten years, the Pen World Voices Festival has become an institution, not only because it is the only international literary festival in New York, but because it brings together authors from all over the world and the discussions that take place in its framework are enriched by the different cultural backgrounds of the participants.

Austrian writer Josef Winkler will, together with Iceland’s writer Sjon, the Dutch writer Geert Mak, and the American writer Siri Hustvedt, engage in a literary quartet touching topics including religion, art, and craft. To find out more about this event which will take place at the Public Theater on Wednesday, April 30, please read here.

natura mortaOn Tuesday, April 29, you will have a chance to meet Josef Winkler at the Austrian Cultural Forum, in an evening dedicated to to his writing. Turkish born theaterist and poet Fulya Peker will perform one of her Modern Mythologies, a performance based on Winkler’s Natura Morta. Publisher Rainer J. Hanshe (Contra Mundum Press) will also be present to discuss When The Time Comes and Natura Morta as well as CMP’s future plans for Winkler’s work. The music program will be performed by Michael Lukshis (tabla) and Mark Buccheri (harmonium).To learn more about this event please read here.

Born a farmer’s son in 1953 in Austria’s southernmost province, Carinthia, and without any formal higher education, Josef Winkler is one of Austria’s most notable contemporary authors. The self-taught writer’s first novel Menschenkind was published by Suhrkamp in 1979 paving the way for an exceptional literary career.

Today, Winkler’s books have been translated into 16 different languages. He received numerous awards, including the most prestigious awards in German-language literature such as the “Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis”, the “Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis für Literatur” and the „Georg-Büchner-Preis.” For Natura Morta, he received the Alfred Döblin Prize (2001).

Winkler is also a critical voice in his country’s intellectual landscape, the President of Austria’s Arts Council, and an active University teacher.

In our library you will find many of his works, among the most recent Mutter und der Bleistift, and Die Wetterhähne des Glücks und Die Totenkulterer von Kärnten in German. In English Flowers for Jean Genet and The Serf are currently available. Natura Morta: A Roman Novella and When the Time Comes will be available soon.

For more information please contact our library at library@acfny.org or visit our website at http://www.acfny.org/library/.