For more than twenty years, since his first work ("Menschenkinder") was published, the Carinthian author Josef Winkler has been working with stupendous consistency and perseverance on a work that could not care less about literary fads proclaimed by various art pundits, but which rather continues to revolve minimalistically around the same topics: Catholicism, sexuality and death.
In his latest, as yet unpublished work, to be featured at steirischer herbst in a stage adaptation, Winkler has added an even blunter twist to the comic aspect of desperation, so that – similar to Woody Allen – we might discover a veritable "rural neurotic" in Winkler’s literary ego (acted by Adrian Furrer), who rivals his urban US counterpart in terms of analytical acuity, precise observation and cruel insistence.
The text is based on an interview conducted by the Klagenfurt German specialist Klaus Amann with the author. An interview, however, with an author whose oeuvre revolves around the same issues again and again and in which the narrator-self is not only a literary fiction, almost inevitably evolves into an autonomous text that equals the other work in every respect. In Winkler’s reworking, the intended meta-text morphs into a primary text whose dialogic structure initiated the stage production – even if it cracks apart more and more with every page.