Erwin Uhrmann

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Erwin Uhrmann, born in 1978, lives in Vienna. He studied political science and communications in Vienna and founded the art-club „Kunstwerft“ together with artists, musicians, and writers. He writes reports on art for magazines and catalogues and works for the privately financed Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Austria. In 2005/06 he received the Austrian State stipend for literature. Uhrmann has published short stories in anthologies and magazines since 2002, and together with Alexander Peer published in 2008, the anthology Ostseeteam, focusing on the Baltic sea region. In 2010 Limbus Verlag published his first novel Der lange Nachkrieg (The War Beyond) which was followed in 2011 by the novel Glauber Rocha.

Featured novel: Der lange Nachkrieg (The war beyond)

Hector’s great aunt died long ago and he barely knew her, but suddenly the circumstances of her death in a nursing home appear enormously important to him. Hector - young, well-educated, an academic just setting out on a successful career - begins looking into the death, but perhaps he actually is plunging into the past in order to avoid taking control of his own life, which increasingly appears to be unraveling. Over the course of a hot summer Hector gradually loses his connection to reality and to other people - his girlfriend Carla proves to be of no help to him, his mother even less. In his confused and state, vacillating between reality and illusion, lethargy and aggression, he wanders from Austria to Trieste to Belgrade.

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© Shelley Frisch, 2011.

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Dec 19, 2011, 8:18 AM