Margit Schreiner: Trespass

Margit Schreiner


248pp (48,200 words)

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Following on from the huge success of HAUS, FRAUEN, SEX comes a new, rousing piece of gender prose from the pen of one of the greatest Austrian authors: merciless, dramatic, provocative, bitterly angry – and funny.

»So is it true that you’ve got to be healthy to deserve to be written about nowadays? Are we going to find that in due course our insurance premiums aren’t just increased when we’re too fat or too lazy or smoke too much – but also when the characters in our novels are fat, lazy smokers? And when it was proven ages ago anyway that this whole fitness craze is a complete waste of time and you’ll drop dead one day regardless of how many times you went jogging?«

»I believe she is a very important author.«
Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Rights sold

Previously published (rights reverted)
Austria – Volltext (first serial)
Perlentaucher (first serial)
India (Hindi) - Saar Sansaar

paperback - Random House/Goldmann
book club (Austria) – Donauland

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»A virtuoso monologue about trial and failure. (...) So precise and clear does Margit Schreiner realize all the many impositions and few lucky moments in life, particularly grotesqueness it entraps us in, that she creates pure poetry.«

»An excellent read to start off the new book season. (...) A cross section of real life, as chaotic as it is, but never without continuity and narrative structure. (...) HAUS, FRIEDENS, BRUCH. is Schreiner’s most personal book to date and also her most insightful one – the portrait of a writer’s life, witty and melancholic, contemplating the conditions and possibilities of one’s own literary producing as unobstrusive as intelligent, crisscrossed by subtle irony. (...) Concise and confident, vivid and spot-on.«

»Refreshingly written, straightforward and with a good deal of humor and self-mockery, a treasure chest of profound insights into life and literature.«
Österreichischer Rundfunk, Book of the Week

»Schreiner masters the fusion of the serious with the entertaining (...) She is a radical writer, a Hercules in Augean stables – we are impressed.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Overwhelmingly funny. (...) There is no one to match Schreiner in teasing out the zeitgeist from our seemingly unimpressive everyday.«
Die Presse

»World-class. (...) Counsel and consolation from Margit Schreiner, always useful, even for menfolk.«

»Radical and amusing. (...) Schreiner’s unique strength lies in the deconstruction of the latest trends and fashions that she fillets with a sharp-edged knife.«
Die Furche

»Here’s one author at work with grandiosity and piercing honesty. Like no other, Schreiner knows how to fuse the serious with the light, adding just the right dose of sarcasm to take out the bitterness.«
Der Standard

»Great art, and a great comfort.«
Wiener Zeitung

»Brilliantly funny (...), a strong piece of gender prose.«
SPIEGEL special

»A merciless denunciation of writers, the writing process, and the petty rest (= life).«

»A fun, entertaining book.«
Berliner Zeitung

»Margit Schreiner’s book may be read as a an hommage to the grumping and grouching anti-heroes of Thomas Bernhard. (...) The monologue held by a single mother suffering from writer’s block is appears wickedly funny, but under the vesture of irony and humor, there are many deep insights into life (not only that of a writer!) that make laughter turn into weeping. A quality that is very rarely achieved in literature!«

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