Book presentation: Claudia Erdheim „Bist du wahnsinnig geworden?“
“Clautschi” grows up in post-war Vienna, together with her older sister and her mother, one of the first psychoanalysts and a communist of Jewish origin. She is torn between the pride of the intellectual, “better” background of a recognized and admired “Frau Doktor” and the sad reality of a completely overextended mother. The child is neither allowed to go to nursery school nor to play with other children, has to do chores with her sister which the two are still too small for, sinks with her family in dirt, and is defenselessly exposed to her mother’s stories about her work.
Through the distance of time which Claudia Erdheim looks back upon her own childhood from and the utterly sober, unsentimental account of the narrating child, this coming-of-age novel is particularly impressive.
Claudia Erdheim, born in 1945 in Vienna, studied philosophy and logic in Vienna, Munich and Kiel, and taught for many years as a lecturer at the University of Vienna. Since 1984 she has been a freelance writer. She published numerous novels and short stories, as well as volumes of photographs about Russia, Lemberg/Lviv and life in the Galician shtetl. She received several prizes and grants for her literary work.
An event in the scope of the exhibition “Genosse. Jude – Wir wollten nur das Paradies auf Erden”, which runs until May 1, 2018 at the Jewish Museum Vienna.
Advance booking requested: Tel.: +43 1 535 04 31-110 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free admission from 6:15 p.m.
Photo (c) Czernin