Elisabeth Reichart (1440 words)

Linda C. DeMeritt (Allegheny College )
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The works of Elisabeth Reichart are marked by the urgency of their attempt to delve beyond the surface and reveal a hidden and unwelcome condition or reality. In an interview from 1997, the author responds to a question about what unites her diverse literary oeuvre with the words: “All of my writing attempts to confront taboos or silence. The constant in my work is a concern with people who, as Austrians, know German or Austrian, but who are nonetheless without a language for the critical issues in their lives.” (Karl Müller, “Gespräch mit Elisabeth Reichart”, Deutsche Bücher 1997.2: 89) Since her literary debut in 1984, Reichart has written six novels, a dramatic monologue, and a …

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DeMeritt, Linda C.. "Elisabeth Reichart". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2007
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