the short story project


Clemens J. Setz is an Austrian author. He was born in 1982 in Graz where he studied Mathematics and German and where he lives today as a translator and freelance writer. In 2011 he was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for the short story collection from which The Corpse is taken. His novel Indigo was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2012. In 2015 Setz received the Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize for his novel Die Stunde zwischen Frau und Gitarre (‘The Hour Between Woman and Guitar’).

*Photo: © Hans Hochstöger, Suhrkamp Verlag.

Born in Bonn in 1985, Dorian Steinhoff is German and Austrian. He studied Philosophy, Law and German at the University of Trier. Since 2010 he has worked as a freelance author journalist and literary agent. As well as writing literary prose, he writes for print and broadcast media. He constantly tours with his own programme of reading events, and gives workshops and seminars on creative writing, poetics and literary culture at universities, schools and independent cultural and educational institutions. He also organises literary projects and moderates book readings. In 2014 he published the short story collection Das Licht der Flammen auf unseren Gesichtern (‘The Light of the Flames on Our Faces’). In 2015 he won the Düsseldorf Prize for Literature. Dorian Steinhoff lives in Cologne.

*Photo: © Marco Piecuch.

Robert Menasse is an Austrian writer, born in Vienna in 1954. He studied German studies, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg, and Messina. Between 1981 and 1988, he taught at the Institute of Literature Theory at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has been working as a freelance publicist, columnist, and translator of novels from Portuguese into German. Since returning to Europe from Brazil, he has mainly lived in Berlin, Vienna, and Amsterdam. Menasse published 5 novels so far and received several awards. In his work, he often criticizes the latent form of anti-Semitism still widespread in the German-speaking world today. Most recently, he wrote about the future of Europe and the European Union, criticizing tendencies of re-nationalization (especially in Germany, but also elsewhere) and anti-European integration movements, which are a reaction to the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and its aftermath.

Robert Musil was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1880 and died in 1942 in Switzerland, after living in exile upon the Nazi invasion, since his wife was Jewish. Musil grew up to an engineer father, in a conservative educational atmosphere. His mother suffered from mental instability. In 1906, he published his first novel, The Confusions of Young Törless (Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törless), based on his experience in military boarding school (the same school which Rainer Maria Rilke was sent to; and on which he too has written about). In the following years, Musil has published novellas, including the 1924 collection Three Women (Drei Frauen), play, and essays. Musil’s magnum opus, The Man Without Qualities (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften), was published in parts between 1913 and 1942 (the first two parts of his life, while the third part appeared after Musil’s death, by his widow).