Haymon Publishing House

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Haymon Verlag GesmbH

legal form GesmbH
founding 1982
Seat innsbruck
management Markus Hatzer
Branch publishing company
Website www.haymonverlag.at

The Haymon Verlag , founded in 1982 by Michael Forcher , is a literary and nonfiction publisher in Innsbruck .


The publishing house is named after a giant of the same name who is said to have founded Wilten Abbey in Innsbruck as the first cultural center in Tyrol in the 8th century . Up to 1988 the publishing house mainly published non-fiction books on the regional history and culture of Tyrol . The program later expanded to include German-language literature. From 1992 the publisher made a name for itself with translations from Algerian, French and English into German. With Felix Mitterer and Raoul Schrott , the publisher achieved supra-regional acceptance and the program increasingly turned to fictional literature. In 1992, ten years after it was founded, fiction dominated the program for the first time. The number of works and the number of employees expanded annually.

In 2000 the publisher's founder Michael Forcher sold half of the Haymon Verlag to the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA). Three years later, Markus Hatzer and the Innsbruck publishing group Studienverlag -Löwenzahn-Skarabæus acquired Haymon Verlag, which brought it back into full Austrian ownership. Markus Hatzer took over the remaining shares in 2005. Michael Forcher managed the publishing house until his retirement in 2006. At the end of 2005, the headquarters of Haymon Verlag moved from a peripheral villa to the group's other publishing houses (Studienverlag-Löwenzahn-Skarabæus; Haymon bookstore, formerly Wiederin) in the center of Innsbruck on Sparkassenplatz.


The non-fiction segment was dominant in the early days of the publishing house, but after a few years it was pushed back by fiction . The main subject areas are art and cultural history, biographies and travelogues. The diaries of Ludwig Wittgenstein, discovered in 1997, and the volume Schwimmer in der desert by Ladislaus Almásy , whose life was successfully filmed with The English Patient, were particularly noticeable. But there is also a place in the program for discussions about recent contemporary history, for example the book Unhearted Courage by Alfons Dür, which deals with the true story of a tragic love in the Nazi era. Another branch is the Tyrolean region . Mention should be made of Michael Forcher's story of Tyrol in words and pictures , which is still a standard work today. In addition, a regional focus on Jewish history has developed around Thomas Albrich's books. Examples of this are Von Salomon Sulzer to “Bauer & Schwarz” , Jewish pioneers of modernism in Tyrol and Vorarlberg and Judenbichl. The Jewish cemeteries in Innsbruck and the multi-volume edition on Jews in Tyrol from the Middle Ages to the present , published in 2012 .


The spectrum of published literature ranges from crime novels to experimental avant-garde literature (e.g. Dada ). The Tyrolean writer Felix Mitterer publishes his plays and screenplays with Haymon. His Piefke saga is one of the most famous works . As a further author, Raoul Schrott published the poetry cycle Hotels , for which he received the Leonce and Lena Prize in 1995 , and the novel Finis terrae (1995). Two years later (1997) Schrott left the publishing house. In addition, the three-volume edition (1988–1991) by the South Tyrolean poet Norbert C. Kaser , who died early and whose work belongs to the standard of modern German-language poetry, should be mentioned. At the beginning of the 1990s, writers from the rest of the German-speaking area joined them. Prominent representatives from the current literature program include Bettina Balàka , Joseph Zoderer , Selim Özdoğan , Lydia Mischkulnig , Ferdinand Schmatz , Christoph W. Bauer , Carl Djerassi and Ludwig Laher , who was shortlisted for the 2011 German Book Prize with his novel Process . An international focus at Haymon is Italian literature and most recently with the Ukrainian writer Andrei Kurkow also literature from Eastern Europe.

From 1994 detective novels were included in the program. In addition to the cult novels by Kurt Lanthaler about Tschonnie Tschenett and Günter Brödl's Kurt Ostbahn crime novels, the Polt novels by Alfred Komarek , which were successfully filmed, are among the most successful works in this category to this day . In 2009, Edith Kneifl, one of the most important Austrian crime writers, moved to Haymon, who was the first woman to be honored with the Glauser Prize for the best crime novel for her debut in 1992 . Even Kurt Bracharz that deals with thrillers such as The Green Hour and Cowboy Joe has erschrieben cult status in the 1990s, his works published by Haymon. A future generation of crime writers has also been represented at Haymon Verlag since 2009, including Georg Haderer with his Schäfer crime novels and Bernhard Aichner , who is successful with his investigative gravedigger Max Broll at Haymon Taschenbuch.

Swiss literature has been another important focus since the 1990s. In addition to Klaus Merz , Jürg Amann († 2013) and Jürg Schubiger , Andreas Neeser and Jürg Beeler also publish their works with Haymon. A seven-volume edition of works by Klaus Merz has been published since 2011, most recently the Basel Poetry Prize and the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize of the City of Bad Homburg.

In the field of work maintenance, Haymon is also trying to find an author from the group 47 who has been increasingly forgotten in recent decades: since 2011, the most important works by the South Tyrolean writer Franz Tumler (1912–1998) have been reissued, whose books are listed as Landmarks of modern narrative literature apply. A prominent compatriot Tumler, the South Tyrolean author Joseph Zoderer, switched from Hanser to Haymon in the spring of 2011.


In 2008 the Haymon Verlag started a new publishing project: HAYMONtb, the first Austrian paperback series . In addition to classics of Austrian post-war literature and contemporary successful novels, HAYMONtb regularly publishes original literary editions. Since the spring of 2010, the series has been supplemented by a non-fiction program made up of newly published, successful book titles, in particular from the segments of Austrian history, society and biographies, and one or two original editions per season.

The school reading program is an important component of HAYMONtb: In cooperation with the “Austrian Competence Center for German Didactics” at the University of Klagenfurt , works from the paperback program, which are particularly suitable for school lessons due to their addressing of current social issues, are prepared in terms of literature. The teaching materials, designed according to contemporary methodological criteria, are available for free download on the Haymon website.

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