Bettina Balàka

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Bettina Balàka (2019)
Bettina Balàka at the reading Rund um die Burg (2009)

Bettina Balàka (* 27. March 1966 in Salzburg as Bettina Wieland ) is an Austrian writer.

life and work

Balàka completed a degree in Italian and English at the Institute for Translation and Interpreter Training at the University of Vienna , which she completed with a master's degree. Stays in Great Britain and the USA followed . She has lived in Vienna as a freelance writer and translator since 1991 . In 2004 she took part in the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition .

Bettina Balàka is the author of narrative prose , poetry , plays and radio plays . She is a member of the Graz Authors' Assembly and the Association of Dramatic Writers Austria .

In 2019 she processed the life story of Johann Carl von Sothen in the novel Die Tauben von Brünn . In it, she contrasts the millionaire with the pigeon breeder Berta. While Sothens was alive, it was rumored that he had enriched himself through repeated lottery fraud. The drawing of the lottery numbers took place in Brno , and a horse-drawn carriage brought the numbers to Vienna. It was still possible to place a tip until the carriage arrived. Sothen is said to have used this by having the numbers sent to him by carrier pigeons. Before that, in 2014 Balàka published Unter Menschen, a novel from a dog's perspective, which ends in Vienna Am Himmel and also touches on the case of Sothen.



Web links

Commons : Bettina Balàka  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A novel with a real core: The cruel Lottobaron of Vienna. In: . August 24, 2019, accessed August 25, 2019 .
  2. Georg Trakl Prize goes to Bettina Balàka . Salzburg state correspondence of November 27, 2018, accessed on November 28, 2018.