Josef Haslinger, b. 1955, Zwettl/Lower Austria, studied philosophy, theater studies and German studies in Vienna, where he earned his doctorate with a thesis on the aesthetics of Novalis. He was co-editor of the literary magazine Wespennest (tr.: Wasps’ nest) and Secretary General of the Graz Authors’ Congress. Since 1996, he has been Professor of Literary Aesthetics at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig, where he is currently the director. He has been President of the German PEN Center since 2013.
Haslinger’s works include the essay collection Politik der Gefühle. Ein Essay über Österreich (tr.: Politics and feelings: an essay on Austria, 1987) and Das Elend Amerikas. Elf Versuche über ein gelobtes Land (tr.: America’s misery: eleven attempts at a promised land, 1992) and the novels Opernball (tr.: Opera ball, 1995), Das Vaterspiel (tr.: The father game, 2000), and Jáchymov (2011). Haslinger’s texts critically examine Austria’s culpability and failure to adequately come to terms with its past.
Haslinger has received numerous awards, including, most recently, the Award of the City of Vienna, the Honorary Award of the Austrian Book Trade and the Rheingau Literature Prize. He was the City of Mainz Stadtschreiber in 2010.
Frankfurt a. M., 1995
Frankfurt a. M., 2000
Frankfurt a. M., 2006
Tsunami: A Report from Phi Phi Island
Riverside, CA, 2011
[tr.: Thomas S. Hansen, Abby J. Hansen]
Frankfurt a. M., 2011