Alois Hotschnig

Running Away is Easier While Sitting Down

Im Sitzen läuft es sich besser davon

Running Away is Easier While Sitting Down

Stories full of absurdity and hopelessness about people who cannot act any other way although they would like to.

There’s the old couple who tries to work out who has to take which medicine in what quantity at what time and what that means for their everyday life. Or the villagers who suffer from attacks by the dog Karl until they realize that his bites have healing power – after which he stops biting them.

Following his highly acclaimed collection of stories Maybe This Time another collection of stories but with a slight change in tone: here a sense for grotesque humor alleviates the anxiety the stories engender.



ISBN: 978-3-462-04137-8
release: 21. September 2009
144 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Alois Hotschnig was born in 1959 and lives as a free-lance author in Innsbruck. His novella Aus (Over) was published in 1989 and received the Kärnten Sponsorship Award. Eine Art Glück (A Kind of Luck) followed in 1990 and in 1992 he won the Prize of the County Kärnten at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in Klagenfurt. The same year his novel Leonardos Hände (Leonardo’s hands) was published and received the Anna Seghers Prize. In 1994, his play Absolution had its world premiere in Vienna. In 1999, he received the Robert Musil Scholarship. His second novel Ludwigs Zimmer (Ludwig’s Room) was released in 2000 and he was awarded the Italo Svevo Prize for his complete works in 2002, followed by the Austrian Advancement Award for Literature in 2003. The collection of stories Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht was published in 2006 in Germany and its English translation under the title Maybe This Time in 2011. His latest collection of short stories, Im Sitzen läuft es sich besser davon was published in 2009. His works have been translated into French and English among others.