Andreas P. Pittler

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Andreas P. Pittler (2019)
Andreas Pittler at a book presentation (2014)

Andreas P. Pittler (born November 21, 1964 in Vienna ) is an Austrian writer and non-fiction author.


Pittler studied history, German and political science at the University of Vienna and turned to journalism at an early age. In addition, from 1985 he published several non-fiction books, among which biographies about Bruno Kreisky , Samuel Beckett and the comedian group Monty Python stand out. He also wrote on the history of Malta , Cyprus and the Czech Republic . Pittler also made a name for himself as a critic, especially as part of a weekly column in the Wiener Zeitung . He also wrote a satirical history of Austria with Helena Verdel and published a travel guide about Europe's health spas.

Since 1990 Pittler turned more and more to fiction and published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. His first novel was published in 2000, followed by 18 more so far.

Pittler's works have been translated into several languages, including English, French, Catalan, Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian. He is a member of several literary associations such as the PEN Club and the Syndicate .

From 2009 Pittler and Stefan Slupetzky took care of the literary corner of the Sunday radio show Trost und Rat von Willi Resetarits . Since 2010 he has also been teaching at Danube University Krems. For 2010 and 2011, Pittler is a member of the jury of the Leo Perutz Prize of the City of Vienna. Pittler is married and lives in Vienna.

In February 2012 his novel Tinnef was nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Prize . In 2013, the translation of the novels into other languages ​​began. An American publisher is planning the complete English edition of the Bronstein series, the first volume of which was published in 2013. Zores has also been available in Serbo-Croatian since 2014 . In January 2015, Pittler was nominated for the "Homer" literature award in the short story section and was awarded the "Homer" in bronze. In 2016 his novel "Goodbye" was nominated for the Leo Perutz Prize of the City of Vienna.

From 2014, Pittler's works can also be found regularly on the Austrian bestseller lists. "Charascho" rose to number 3 (News, February 6, 2014), "Wiener Bagage" even to number 2 (Kurier, December 21, 2014). "Goodbye" also made it to second place (Die Presse, February 7, 2015), "Das Totenschiff" (TV-Media, July 15, 2016) and "Wiener Kreuzweg" (Kurier, February 26, 2017) each rose Third place, before "Viennese Resurrection" was number one on the Austrian bestseller list in April 2018 (Die Presse, April 21, 2018).

Police officer David Bronstein

The main character in Pittler's crime novels is the police officer David Bronstein, who between 1913 and 1938 had to solve various criminal cases in Vienna during the outgoing monarchy and the First Republic. Bronstein comes from an assimilated Jewish family and sees himself as a Protestant. But whether the anti-Semitism was latent at the time, he is repeatedly confronted with his origins and, whether he wants to or not, has to deal with his family history. He usually solves his cases with a certain leisurely slowness (his penchant for good food is evident, for which there must be time even in critical moments), but if the situation requires it, he can also become coarse and rough. Bronstein's cases are always embedded in an event that is significant for Austrian history, the effects of which also influence the respective criminal case. In Tacheles (2008), Bronstein got caught in the July coup of 1934 as part of his investigation , Ezzes (2009) plays around the fire of the Palace of Justice in 1927, while Chutzpah (2010) is scheduled at the time of the proclamation of the republic in 1918 . The Redl affair plays a special role in the novel Tinnef (2011) , and Zores (2012) has the end of Austria through the so-called “ Anschluss ” as a central historical theme.

What is remarkable about Pittler's Bronstein pentalogy is the fact that the novels were, as it were, published contra-chronologically. The author explains this with the fact that as a historian one has to dig deeper and deeper in order to get to the root of a social problem. The downfall of Austria is therefore the result of the political mistakes that have been made in Austria since the times of the monarchy.

A linguistic peculiarity in Pittler's Bronstein novels is the extensive use of the Viennese dialect , whereby the author pays close attention to working out the different facets of this local idiom. The coachmen, caretakers or servants speak a different language in dialect than the officials, officers or bankers. Finally, Pittler comes out in his works as a supporter of Umberto Eco's methods , because in each individual novel there are numerous small references to great works of world literature, which Pittler mostly puts into the mouths of secondary characters. The palette ranges from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Samuel Beckett .


as editor

Audio books


  • Melanie van der Hoorn: Silence, Exil and Cunning. About Andreas Pittler. Vienna 1998
  • Marieke Krajenbrink: Investigating the State that nobody wanted - Austria's First Republic in Andreas Pittler's Bronstein Series. Belfast 2011
  • Vincent Kling: Crime and Community - Some Context for Bronstein. In: Inspector Bronstein and the Anschluss. Riverside (CA) 2013, pp. 183-202
  • Katharina Hall: Historical Crime Fiction in German. In: Katharina Hall (Ed.): Crime Fiction in German. University Press. Cardiff 2016, pp. 115-126


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