Robert Menasse - Although fortunate to have escaped the persecution and exile his parents endured, Menasse's stories constantly refract the suffering of the past through the ironic distance of a feeling observer. His critically humorous voice uncovers surprising truths about himself and the past


Robert Menasse, Anyone Can Say 'I': Tales from the End of the Post-war Era. Trans. by Thomas S. and Abby J. Hansen. Ariadne Press, 2011.


Robert Menasse, who was born into a Jewish family in Vienna in 1954, speaks with the voice of the generation known as Nachgeborene ('those born after'). Although fortunate to have escaped the persecution and exile his parents endured, Menasse's stories constantly refract the suffering of the past through the ironic distance of a feeling observer. His critically humorous voice uncovers surprising truths about himself and the past. As the author of over twenty books, which include critical essays on contemporary cultural topics as well as novels and short stories, Menasse's fame as a major figure in contemporary Austrian literature is firmly established. He has received many prestigious literary prizes and divides his time between Vienna and Amsterdam.-- Thomas Hansen

Wings of Stone

Robert Menasse, Wings of Stone, Calder Publications, 2000.


Born in 1954 in Vienna, Robert Menasse studied German language and literature, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg, and Messina. Today he lives in Vienna and Amsterdam and works as a novelist and essayist. His works include Die Zerstörung der Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, 2006; Das war Österreich, 2005; Die Vertreibung aus der Hölle, 2001; Die letzte Märchenprinzessin, 1997; Schubumkehr, 1995; Phänomenologie der Entgeisterung, 1995; Selige Zeiten, brüchige Welt, 1991; and Sinnliche Gewißheit, 1988.

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