Margarita Kinstner is an Austrian writer, who was born in 1976 in Vienna and now lives Graz. She was awarded with the Theodor Körner Prize for Literature and with the literary award of the Steiermärkische Sparkasse (bank of Styria).
Besides her 3 novels she has also written a theatre play (premiere 2014) and songs and stories for young school children. (2019).
A remarkable debut of a distinctive literary talent: Margarita Kinstner writes about loneliness, yearning and love in Vienna, “the city of the soul”.
Unnerved by the naked flesh of a breast-feeding mother, Marie reels through the café, spills her coffee and stumbles into Jakob – triggering a whole series of stories.
Jakob falls in love with Marie and splits up with his girlfriend Sonja, who in turn soon gets together with Gery. She has no idea that Gery was Joe’s best friend – Joe, who used to live with Marie until he took his life with a spectacular swan-dive into the Danube. Then a mysterious last will turns up with precise stipulations: it is to be read out in the presence of Gery and Marie in the Prater fairground following an intricately choreographed routine.
Margarita Kinstner’s stories unfold in layers, one unfurling into the next, the characters brimming with yearning and greed, desperation or sheer apathy. A rondo with destiny, propelled by shattered dreams and lost hopes, set in a city where beauty and the chasms of the psyche live side by side – with Death watching the dancers from the wings…