Franz shoe

  • A man without complaints
  • Literature

“This book is dedicated from the first to the last page to the year 2022, the ‘annus horribilis’ in the life course of many people, including mine” (Franz Schuh).

After eleven months in hospitals, Franz Schuh, the “titanically educated thinker” (Eva Menasse), has resurfaced. His stories, essays and poems analyze the prevailing ways of life and combine with entertaining, melancholy wit to create a panorama of the human tragicomedy. Whether recounting experiences on the railroad, his childhood in the Viennese suburbs, or reflecting on Anna Netrebko’s contradictions, Schuh has a keen sense of the comic in the tragic.

Franz Schuh, born in Vienna in 1947, is a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and a columnist for magazines and radio. He has received many awards, including the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, the Austrian Art Prize, and the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize for Literary Criticism and Essay.

Foto: Heribert Corn / Zsolnay

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