Karin Peschka

Karin Peschka

Karin Peschka (b. 1967, Austria) grew up in Eferding in Upper Austria as an innkeeper’s daughter, and she now lives in Vienna. After studying at the Academy of Social Work in Linz, she, among other, worked with alcoholics and unemployed youth, worked in project organization, and wrote columns. Her first novel Watschenmann (Scapegoat) was published in 2014 and was awarded many Austrian literary prizes (Wartholz Prize, Floriana Prize, and Alpha Prize), while for her second novel FanniPold (2016), the city of Vienna awarded her the Elias Canetti scholarship rewarded to Viennese artists. Her latest novel Autolyse Wien (Vienna’s Autolysis) came out in 2017. An excerpt from this novel under the title Wiener Kindl (Viennese Child) received the audience award at the annual literary competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize taking place in Klagenfurt. The focus of the novel is post-apocalyptic Vienna, but it is not known why and who or what caused the havoc. In ruins of the city, the author takes a closer look at a story of an orphaned child adopted by a pack of dogs. In 2017, the novel was also nominated for the Austrian Book Prize and was for several months on the ORF list of the best newly published books. Her poetry focuses mainly on working with artists of other genres. Through the exchange of text, image and sound, numerous projects have been created since 2008, especially in cooperation with the painters Michael Hedwig and Oskar Stocker and the composer Rudolf Jungwirth.

Austria