Marlene Streeruwitz

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Marlene Streeruwitz was born in Baden near Vienna and studied Slavic studies and art history in Vienna. She worked as an editor from 1989 and first wrote radio plays. In 1992 she made her breakthrough as a playwright. Since 1996 she has increasingly been writing novels. She has received several prizes for her works and has been invited to give poetry lectures on several occasions.

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Marlene Streeruwitz (2013)

It is a multiple confusing world shown in her works, violent, messy, inconsistent. It is probably our world. It is presented in often surprising literary forms, in captivating experiments even with dime novels and science fiction, and in a highly idiosyncratic language. The encounter with these works is an adventure.

Prizes and awards (selection):

  • 1996 Mara Cassens Prize
  • 1999 Austrian State Prize for Literature
  • 2001 Hermann Hesse Literature Prize 
  • 2002 Walter Hasenclever Literature Prize