Walter Kappacher

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Walter Kappacher (2009)

Walter Kappacher (born October 24, 1938 in Salzburg ) is an Austrian writer .


Growing up in Salzburg, Kappacher completed his apprenticeship and journeyman years as a motorcycle mechanic after attending primary and secondary school. He was enthusiastic about motorcycle racing for several years. After the military year he developed an increased interest in the theater and began training at a Munich drama school, which he dropped out again. Reading and writing increasingly came to the fore as a determining interest. As a bread-and-butter job, he chose to work as a travel agent.

Kappacher has been writing since 1964. For the first time he published some short stories in 1967 in the Stuttgarter Zeitung . In 1978, after his fortieth birthday, he decided - with a script assignment in hand - to quit and make a living from writing. He wrote a number of short stories and novels, but also radio plays and television scripts. Gero von Wilpert characterizes Kappacher in his lexicon of world literature as a “realistic narrator from the everyday working life of workers and employees in simple language”. Erwin Chargaff pays tribute to Walter Kappacher's style with the words: “He writes a kind of high-spring prose. An endless amount of work goes into a style that one does not notice at first. ”Within contemporary Austrian literature, which is largely characterized by groups of authors, Kappacher occupies one of the few solitary positions.

Kappacher has lived in Salzburg since 2014 . He is a member of the Austrian PEN Club , the German Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt, as well as the recipient of high-ranking prizes and an honorary doctorate.


  • Only flying is more beautiful. Salzburg 1973.
  • Tomorrow. Salzburg 1975.
  • The workshop. Salzburg 1975.
  • Rosina. Stuttgart 1978, with an afterword by Armin Ayren , Deuticke, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-552-06147-7 .
  • Earthly love. Stuttgart 1979.
  • with Peter Keglevic : The years go by. Screenplay, Salzburg 1980.
  • The long letter. Stuttgart 1982.
  • Plaster head. Graz 1984.
  • Cerreto. Notes from Tuscany. With drawings by the author, Salzburg 1989.
  • Touristomania or the fiction of the upright gait. Vienna 1990.
  • An amateur. Vienna 1993.
  • Who laughs first. Vienna 1997.
  • Silver arrows. Vienna 2000.
  • Selina or The Other Life . Vienna 2005.
  • Clairvoyants are often ill-seeing. Memories of Erwin Chargaff . Ulrich Keicher Verlag, Warmbronn 2007, ISBN 978-3-938743-52-2 .
  • The fly palace . Residenz Verlag, St. Pölten Salzburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-7017-1510-7 .
  • Beauty of passing away. Photo book, Salzburg 2009.
  • Marilyn Monroe reads Ulysses. Notes, found objects and thirteen photographs. Afterword by Matthias Bormuth . Ulrich Keicher Verlag, Warmbronn 2010, ISBN 978-3-938743-86-7 .
  • Land of the red stones. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-446-23861-9 . (March 2012: ORF best list )
  • The Parsch Blackbirds and other prose. Müry Salzmann, Salzburg / Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-99014-073-4 .
  • May 24th. Ulrich Keicher Publishing House, Warmbronn 2013.
  • Trakl's last days & Mahler's homecoming. Müry Salzmann, Salzburg / Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-99014-104-5 .
  • I remember and other prose. Müry Salzmann, Salzburg / Vienna 2018, ISBN 978-3-99014-167-0 .

Awards and honors


  • Christina Höfferer: A rare one. Walter Kappacher. ORF radio feature 2009, 40 min.
  • Manfred Mittermayer and Ulrike Tanzer (eds.): Walter Kappacher. Person and work . Müry Salzmann, Salzburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-99014-080-2 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gero von Wilpert (Ed.): Lexicon of world literature. German-speaking authors. Kröner, 2004, p. 321.
  2. The expression “high-spring prose” means something like “prose at its best”. It is an allusion to the excellent Viennese high spring water , which is a kind of gold standard for drinking water in Austria .
  3. ^ SALZ magazine for literature. - No. 93, October 1998 ( Memento from June 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ Walter Kappacher receives the Georg Büchner Prize. In: NZZ . May 26, 2009.
  5. Walter Kappacher received the Georg Büchner Prize at, October 31, 2009.
  6. ^ Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts - Literature: Corresponding members
  7. a b Ring der Stadt Salzburg for Büchner Prize winner Walter Kappacher . Article dated October 27, 2018, accessed October 28, 2018.
  8. A rare one. In: Retrieved December 1, 2017 .

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