Monika Helfer, Ilija Trojanow and Mercedes Spannagel made it onto the longlist for the Austrian Book Award 2020! The shortlist will be announced on October 10!

Monika Helfer, THE RIFF-RAFF (Hanser) – a powerful and poignant portrait of a woman and mother at the beginning of the twentieth century. Monika Helfer tells the story of her own origins, of a family that is only ever referred to by everyone as the “riff-raff”. rights sold to Denmark (Palomar), Finland (Huippu), Israel (Hakibbutz Hameuchad), Italy (Keller Editore), Netherlands (Nieuw Amsterdam), Norway (Solum Forlag), Spain (Edhasa Argentina)

Ilija Trojanow, TWO TRACKS (S. Fischer) – here comes a juggle of fact and fiction showing us how fake news has turned us into accomplices of those in power

and shortlisted for the Austrian Debut Prize 2020:

Mercedes Spannagel, THE PALACE MUST BURN (Kiepenheuer & Witsch) – in her debut novel – profound, fast-paced, and sardonically witty – Mercedes Spannagel tells the story of the corrupt right-wing elite and their rebellious offspring