Karl-Markus Gauß

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

Karl-Markus Gauß (* May 14, 1954 in Salzburg) is an Austrian contemporary writer, essayist and editor.[1] He lives in Salzburg.


Gauß has a degree for German Philology and History from the University of Salzburg. He very early published literary essays, primarily in the magazine Wiener Tagebuch (Viennese Diary). Since 1991, Gauß is editor in chief of the literary magazine Literatur und Kritik, published by the Salzburg publishing house Otto Müller Verlag. In addition, he writes articles and essays for Austrian, German and Swiss newspapers and magazines, such as Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Salzburger Nachrichten and Die Presse. In 2006, Karl-Markus Gauß was accepted as member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry.


Primarily, Karl-Markus Gauß writes essays. One of his main topics are ethnic minorities, some of which aren't sometimes known to the readers even by their name, such as the Aromanians, Roma, Arbëreshë and the Sephardim. Other important topics are Central and South Eastern Europe. Gauß visited these countries on several occasions, usually jointly with the photographer Kurt Kaindl.

His cultural reports and essays describe cultural encounters and intellectual exchanges with the writers of those countries, but also with people "like me and you", on the streets and in pubs. Gauß uses his books very often to present and promote writers from Central and Eastern Europe, who are relatively unknown in Austria and Germany.

Literary Prizes and Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis
  • 2007 Mitteleuropa-Preis
  • 2006 Georg Dehio-Buchpreis
  • 2005 Vilenica International Literary Prize
  • 2005 Manès-Sperber-Preis Vienna
  • 2004 René-Marcic-Preis
  • 2001 Award of the Austrian Book Sellers for Tolerant Thinking and Acting
  • 1998 Bruno-Kreisky-Preis for the Political Book for Ins unentdeckte Österreich
  • 1997 European Essay Prize Charles Veillon for Das Europäische Alphabet
  • 1994 Österreichischer Staatspreis für Kulturpublizistik
  • 1994 Buchprämie des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht und Kunst
  • 1992 Subsidy for Literature by the City of Salzburg
  • 1989 Buchprämie des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht und Kunst
  • 1988 State Subsidy for Literature by the Austrian Department of Education and Cultural Affairs
  • 1987 International Prize of Portorož for Essays



  1. ^ In one single interview, Gauß by joke characterized himself to be an independent scholar. The interviewer, not being aware of this allusion to exactly same statement made by some Lenin, quite a while earlier, wrote so, and Gauß' statement eversince became repeated by other journalists, not being aware either.

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