Kathrin Röggla was born in Salzburg in 1971 and lives in Berlin since 1992. She studied German literature and journalism in Salzburg and Berlin. In Salzburg, she staged plays and performance events before turning her focus to writing. She has been writing radio plays since 1998, and plays for the theater since 2001. She published several novels and one short story collection that brought her numerous awards, including the Italo Svevo Prize, the Anton Wildgans Prize, the Arthur Schnitzler Prize, and the Franz Hessel Prize. In 2004 she was awarded the Prize of the SWR Best-List and the Bruno Kreisky Prize for political literature. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and since June 2015 its vice-president. Translator William T. Martin wrote of her work: “Continuing in the ‘traditions’ of the post-war Austrian avant-garde, mid-century German theorists of modernity (and postmodernity), and techno music, Röggla’s work unsettles generic and poetic conventions and subjects language and experiences from contemporary German society (especially Berlin) to an often bitingly parodic and playful critique.”
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