Daniela Strigl

(1964) is an Austrian literary critic and essayist writing for Die Presse, Der Standard, and ORF, among others. She has sat on the jury of the Bachmann Prize for literature since 2003.


Literary perspectives: Austria

Anything but a "German appendix"

Though still routinely referred to as Germans, Austrian novelists have experienced a recent run of critical and commercial success. The “difficult” prose of the past has been replaced by a focus on story-telling, with women writers producing no less interesting work in the genre than the new male “narrative miracles”. Yet experimentalism is by no means out: darkly humorous and self-referential “writer’s novels” are also booming. In the latest essay in Eurozine’s series “Literary perspectives”, critic Daniela Strigl surveys a contemporary Austrian scene at the top of its game.

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