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Mar¬≠ga¬≠ri¬≠ta Kinst¬≠ner is an Aus¬≠tri¬≠an wri¬≠ter, who was born in 1976 in Vien¬≠na and now lives in Graz. She was award¬≠ed with the Theo¬≠dor K√∂r¬≠ner Pri¬≠ze for Lite¬≠ra¬≠tu¬≠re and the Sty¬≠ri¬≠an award for youth lite¬≠ra¬≠tu¬≠re. Bes¬≠i¬≠des her 3 novels, she has writ¬≠ten a theat¬≠re play (pre¬≠mie¬≠re 2014) and an audio¬≠book with poems and songs for child¬≠ren. (2019).


Mit­tel­stadt­rau­schen (Down­town Sta­tic)

A remar¬≠kab¬≠le debut of a distinc¬≠ti¬≠ve lite¬≠ra¬≠ry talent: Mar¬≠ga¬≠ri¬≠ta Kinst¬≠ner wri¬≠tes about loneli¬≠ne¬≠ss, year¬≠ning and love in Vien¬≠na, ‚Äúthe city of the soul‚ÄĚ.  
Unner¬≠ved by the naked fle¬≠sh of a breast-fee¬≠ding mother, Marie reels through the caf√©, spills her cof¬≠fee and stumbles into Jakob ‚Äď trig¬≠ge¬≠ring a who¬≠le series of sto¬≠ries. 
Jakob falls in love with Marie and splits up with his girl¬≠fri¬≠end Son¬≠ja, who in turn soon gets tog¬≠e¬≠ther with Gery. She has no idea that Gery was Joe‚Äôs best fri¬≠end ‚Äď Joe, who used to live with Marie until he took his life with a spec¬≠ta¬≠cu¬≠lar swan-dive into the Danu¬≠be. Then a mys¬≠te¬≠rious last will turns up with pre¬≠cise sti¬≠pu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠ons: it is to be read out in the pre¬≠sence of Gery and Marie in the Pra¬≠ter fair¬≠ground, fol¬≠lo¬≠wing an intri¬≠ca¬≠te¬≠ly cho¬≠reo¬≠gra¬≠phed rou¬≠ti¬≠ne. 
Mar¬≠ga¬≠ri¬≠ta Kinstner‚Äôs sto¬≠ries unfold in lay¬≠ers, one unf¬≠ur¬≠ling into the next, the cha¬≠rac¬≠ters brim¬≠ming with year¬≠ning and greed, despe¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on or sheer apa¬≠thy. A ron¬≠do with desti¬≠ny, pro¬≠pel¬≠led by shat¬≠te¬≠red dreams and lost hopes, set in a city whe¬≠re beau¬≠ty and the chasms of the psy¬≠che live side by side ‚Äď with Death wat¬≠ching the dancers from the wings‚Ķ

(>web­site Han­ser Lite­ra­tur­ver­la­ge)

The book has not been trans­la­ted into the Eng­lish lan­guage, but chap­ter 1 has been trans­la­ted for the Fes­ti­val of the Euro­pean debut novel in 2013.

Die Schmet­ter­lings­fän­ge­rin (The But­ter­fly Cat­cher)

Fol­lo­wing the resound­ing suc­cess of her debut Mit­tel­stadt­rau­schen, Mar­ga­ri­ta Kinstner’s new novel explo­res the the­me of stay­ing put or lea­ving, of the cou­ra­ge it takes to start life afresh and the ques­ti­on of what might have been, if only …
Kat­ja will be joi­ning her part­ner Dani­jel in Bos­nia in a few weeks’ time. She is expec­ting his child, and his decis­i­on to accept a posi­ti­on at the local hos­pi­tal in Sara­je­vo hasn’t left her much choice. Her bags are alre­a­dy packed and the date for the move has been arran­ged. Kat­ja has a few days left, so she goes back to the val­ley whe­re she grew up to revi­sit the land­scape of her child­hood …
The tales her gre¬≠at aunt The¬≠re¬≠se told her ‚Äď sto¬≠ries she lis¬≠ten¬≠ed to with rapt atten¬≠ti¬≠on ‚ÄĒ left so many ques¬≠ti¬≠ons unans¬≠we¬≠red. Why did Katja‚Äôs gre¬≠at-grand¬≠fa¬≠ther lea¬≠ve Bos¬≠nia for Aus¬≠tria? What would have hap¬≠pen¬≠ed if her grand¬≠mo¬≠ther had plu¬≠cked up the cou¬≠ra¬≠ge to fol¬≠low the love of her life to Switz¬≠er¬≠land? Kat¬≠ja gets more and more invol¬≠ved in the histo¬≠ry of her fami¬≠ly ‚Äď and beg¬≠ins to under¬≠stand that home is a place in our heart.
Dre­a­ming is one thing; living your dreams is ano­ther mat­ter …

(>web­site Han­ser Lite­ra­tur­ver­la­ge)

Papa­ver­weg 6 (Pop­py Lane 6)

‚ÄčWhy is the baby in top 10 crying so much? What‚Äôs wrong with the fami¬≠ly in top 9? Why does the Egyp¬≠ti¬≠an neigh¬≠bour in top 2 need a wal¬≠king frame? And what about Ali¬≠ce, the young blog¬≠ger in  Top 4, and her neigh¬≠bour Peter? 

Oskar, the old man across the street, is obser¬≠ving ever¬≠y¬≠thing meti¬≠cu¬≠lous¬≠ly. Day by day he wat¬≠ches his neigh¬≠bours ‚ÄĒ and the old red beech bes¬≠i¬≠de the house that keeps a dark secret.