Festival Neue Literatur: A House is Not a Home

Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Free and open to the public

Authors: Rivka Galchen, Olga Flor, Julya Rabinowich
In conversation with Daniela Strigl and Klaus Nüchtern

A room is still a room
Even when there’s nothing there but gloom;
But a room is not a house,
And a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart
Burt Bacharach / Hal David: “A House Is Not a Home”

Atmospheric Disturbances, a psychiatrist comes to believe that his wife is actually a double. Mischka, the eponymous young heroine of Julya Rabinowich’s novel, suffers from a split personality: born in Leningrad, she and her family are transplanted from a Jewish community of artists to 1970s Vienna. And the socially diverse characters of Graz-based Olga Flor’s Kollateralschaden cross paths for one hour in the agora of the present – a supermarket where their fears and dreams clash.

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