Hegemann, Helene. Axolotl Roadkill (Ullstein, 2010)

Hegemann's novel sparked a plagiarism controversy when a blogger revealed that she had lifted and adapted substantial sections of her novel from a writer blogging under the pseudonym Airen (published as the novel Strobo. (2009)). Hegemann explores issues of authenticity and originality, as well as the expectations placed on young, female authors. Set in and around … Continue reading Hegemann, Helene. Axolotl Roadkill (Ullstein, 2010)

Dinev, Dimitré. Ein Licht über dem Kopf (Deuticke, 2005)

An excellent collection of short stories from a Bulgarian-Austrian writer, focused on encounters and experiences of characters with a range of backgrounds. Especially interesting for exploring the representation of migration to Austria, and the experience of migrants from Eastern and Southeastern Europe to the German-speaking world. His writing is also interesting for his take on … Continue reading Dinev, Dimitré. Ein Licht über dem Kopf (Deuticke, 2005)