Karl-Markus Gauss

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Karl-Markus Gauß in Salzburg, October 2013 . by Kurt Kaindl

Karl-Markus Gauß (born May 14, 1954 in Salzburg ) is an Austrian writer . He lives in Salzburg as an essayist , critic and editor of the journal Literature and Criticism .


Karl-Markus Gauß comes from a Danube Swabian family, his father was the publisher and folklorist Adalbert Karl Gauß . He studied German language and literature and history in Salzburg and emerged early on through literary essays, which he published primarily in the Vienna Diary . As editor, he and Ludwig Hartinger supervised the (incomplete) edition of Ernst Fischer's work at Sendler Verlag in Frankfurt.

Since 1991 Gauß has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Literatur und Critique . Gauss' topics are also reflected in this magazine. He also writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung (in which he has a column), the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and regularly in many Austrian newspapers and magazines.

At the end of 2006, Gauß was accepted as a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry . In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Salzburg University .


Gauss is primarily characterized by his essays. In them he takes a stand for a human world; Very concise and stylistically versed, he highlights the various paradoxes and perversions of modern life without falling into cultural pessimism . A recurring theme is the rapprochement with national minorities and ethnic groups ( e.g. Arbëreshe , Aromanians , Gottscheer- Germans, Roma , Sephardi of Sarajevo and Sorbs ). Other topics are Central and Southeastern Europe . Gauß has traveled to these regions many times for his books, often together with the photographer Kurt Kaindl .

His travel reports deal with cultural encounters, exchanges with intellectuals and writers as well as with people on the street and in inns. In his essays as well as in travel reports and journals , Gauß often introduces little-known Central and Eastern European writers in Austria.





  • Herbert Ohrlinger, Daniela Strigl (ed.): Border crossings: the writer Karl-Markus Gauß. Zsolnay, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-552-05513-1 .
  • Christian Tanzer: Being in oblivion is the memory. The essayist Karl-Markus Gauß. Verlag Dieter Heinz, Stuttgart 2007 ISBN 978-3-88099-438-6 .
  • Werner Michler, Klemens Renoldner , Norbert Christian Wolf (eds.): From the productive power of obstinacy. The literatures of Karl-Markus Gauß. Otto Müller Verlag, Salzburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-7013-1243-6 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stefan Teppert: Gauß, Adalbert Karl . In: East German Biography (Kulturportal West-Ost)
  2. Bruno Kreisky Prize for the Political Book Prize winners 1993-2018 , renner-institut.at, accessed December 1, 2019
  3. ^ OTS of the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce
  4. http://derstandard.at/2059470/Feengrotte-Preis-an-Karl-Markus-Gauss
  5. ^ Ceremonial award of the Georg Dehio Book Prize 2006 to Karl-Markus Gauß and Thomas Urban on November 29, 2006 in the atrium of Deutsche Bank in Berlin-Mitte In: German Cultural Forum for Eastern Europe on November 29, 2006
  6. ^ Karl-Markus Gauß receives award from the city of Salzburg. In: The Standard of November 21, 2013
  7. ^ The Greens Salzburg: Decoration of Honor of the State of Salzburg for Karl-Markus Gauß from April 25, 2014
  8. orf.at: Karl-Markus Gauß receives Jean Amery Prize . Article dated December 15, 2017, accessed December 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Michael Girke: Small writings by Karl-Markus Gauss: Everywhere is world center. Review. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . July 29, 2014, accessed April 9, 2015.