Unknown Relations


Now (Feb 2019) awarded Wortmeldungen Literaturpreis 2019 (35.000 Euro!, gestiftet von der Crespo Foundation)

Ehrengabe der Schillerstiftung 2019 (10.000 Euro)

«You don’t know everything about yourself, especially the most important things.»

The author of this novel is becoming increasingly aware of this revelation.

During a trip to a conference in Western Africa, unknown areas of thought open up to a Viennese architect in his mid-forties. In sleepless nights, aimlessly wandering through the foreign city and making increasingly strange encounters, he is more and more alienated by his own ideas and actions, his responsibility and his routines as architect, European, father, son and husband. The more he questions himself, the more the pillars of his current life and his past start crumbling. Unknown relations is a linguistic masterpiece, a large-scale reflection on existence, full of details and subtleties, false bottoms and hidden trails.

«One of the finest and most serious, and therefore best German-language writers of our times.»
Katja Gasser, ORF

«If you can, read a book by Stangl. Or translate him. You won’t be sorry. If Stangl continues at this rate, he will become one of the language’s most important writers. Already he’s one of its best.»
Ross Benjamin

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