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Philipp Erlach had never thought about what it means to say that the dead outlive us. But when he inherits his grandmother’s old villa in a Vienna suburb, his family history catches up with him: love-affairs and deaths, everyday routine and New Year’s Eve celebrations, injustice, speechlessness and misunderstandings. Arno Geiger tells of three couples from one family and reflected in snatches of private events, provides close-ups of that sad and strange century, its effects still lingering in the life of the grandson – often more powerfully than he would like.
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Arno Geiger, was born in Bregenz in 1968 and grew up in Wolfurt, Vorarlberg. He studied German philology, ancient history and comparative literature in Vienna and Innsbruck. In 1996 and 2004 he entered the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition.
As a freelance writer, Arno Geiger lives in Wolfurt and Vienna.