Book Presentation: Daniel Wisser - The Invented Woman

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Book Presentation: Daniel Wisser - The Invented Woman

  • Wed 9 Mar 2022
  • 7:00PM

We are thrilled to welcome one of Austria's best-known writers and political & cultural commentators, Daniel Wisser, premiering his brand-new book 'Die erfundene Frau' (The Invented Woman), published for the first time in March 2022.

Join us for this unique bilingual reading and book discussion and gain an insight into his new collection. Twenty-two stories centred around varying female characters, dealing with love, sexuality, gains and losses in all their different guises. Wisser will be joined by translator Ruth Martin, who will read from her sample translations of two of the stories.

This will be the first reading of his upcoming book tour.


Born in 1971, Daniel Wisser is a novelist, essayist, poet, lyricist, dramatist and musician. In 1994 he co-founded the band Erstes Wiener Heimorgelorchester, which is still going strong. His first novel, 'Dopplergasse 8', appeared in 2003. In his politically astute and witty novels, Wisser tackles grand themes such as assisted dying ('Königin der Berge' [Queen of the Mountains], which won the Austrian Book Prize and Johann-Beer Prize for 2018) and the generational rifts in Austrian society and politics ('Wir bleiben noch' [We are still here], 2021). The forthcoming collection 'Die erfundene Frau' is his third volume of short prose fiction.

Ruth Martin studied English literature before gaining a PhD in German. Since 2010 she has been translating fiction and non-fiction by authors ranging from Joseph Roth and Hannah Arendt to Nino Haratischwili and Volker Weidermann. She has taught translation to undergraduates at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Kent at Canterbury, and was a tutor at the 2021 Bristol Translates summer school. She is also former co-chair of the Society of Authors Translators Association. 

The reading will be hosted by Andrea Capovilla (Ingeborg Bachmann Centre).

The event is organised in cooperation with the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature & Culture at the Institute of Modern Languages Research.


Please note: Tickets are limited and need to be booked on our website in advance. You will not be able to attend the event without a pre-booked ticket.

We would like to inform you that all guests must show proof of either a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test (not older than 24 hours), full vaccination status or recent recovery from Covid-19. We ask you also to follow social distancing, wear a mask and sanitise your hands. Please do not visit the ACF if you have Covid symptoms.

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Daniel Wisser (© Martin Rauchendwald) and Ruth Martin (© Michael Jershov)

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