Teresa Präauer

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Teresa Präauer
Teresa Präauer, Frankfurt Book Fair 2016
Teresa Präauer, Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

Teresa Präauer (born 28 February 1979 in Linz, Oberösterreich) is an Austrian writer and visual artist.[1]


Teresa Präauer was born in Linz and grew up in Graz and St. Johann im Pongau District.[2] From 1997 to 2003 she studied German studies at the University of Salzburg and the Humboldt University of Berlin as well as painting at the Mozarteum Salzburg. From 2003 she lived and worked in Vienna,[3] where she studied as a postgraduate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2004 to 2005. [4] For her first novel titled, For the Ruler from Overseas, Präauer was awarded the aspects literature prize of ZDF for the best German-language prose debut. In 2015 she received the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis of the city of Bad Homburg[5] for Johnny and Jean and was nominated for the prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. Teresa Präauer was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize at the Days of German Literature in 2015.[4]

In the summer semester of 2016, Präauer held the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship for Literature at the Free University of Berlin and gave a seminar on Poetic Ornithology. On aviation in literature. On May 25, 2016, she gave the inaugural lecture entitled Animal Will.[5] In 2017, she held the Mainz Poetry Lecture and was invited to the German Department of Grinnell College in the state of Iowa, as a writer in residence and visiting professor.


In addition to her work as a writer, Teresa Präauer also works as a visual artist. Her literary and pictorial works are closely related. For both areas, she develops "actually two very similar ways of thinking".[3] In her first published work, she combined drawings with poetic short texts.[6] In 2010 she illustrated the picture book The Contrary Goose by Wolf Haas.[7] The birds, flying and crashing are also addressed in For the Ruler from Overseas:Roman. The book tells the story of two children who spend the summer with their grandfather.

In her second novel Johnny und Jean, an artist's novel for which, as with all her books, she designed the cover.[8] Präauer as author leads the reader into the milieu of a contemporary art scene at an art academy, in which younger and old masters of art history are quoted and the artist Johnny even comes into conversation with the artists in his imagination, such as Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp.[9][8]

From 2015 she started to write for the literary magazine Volltext about video viewing on the Internet.[10] Between 2015 and 2017 wrote the literary column Stuff & Pieces, for the theater feature section of the Editorial Night Review or Redaktion nachtkritik.[11] She also writes regularly for Die Zeit online magazine in the culture section.[12] Since 2018 she has been a regular guest author for the Salzburger Nachrichten.

Some of her artistic works can be seen permanently, such as a book sculpture in the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, a painting in the Artothek of the Federal Government.

In May 2018, her drama Ein Hund namens Dollar premiered at the Schauspiel Frankfurt.[13] Since November 2018, a dramatized version of her novel Oh Schimmi has been shown at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna.



As author[edit]

  • Präauer, Teresa (2014). Taubenbriefe von Stummen an anderer Vögel Küken (in German) (1st ed.). Vienna: Krill. ISBN 978-3-9502537-1-9. OCLC 1061274059.
  • Präauer, Teresa (2012). Für den Herrscher aus Übersee : Roman (in German). Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8353-1092-6. OCLC 1066106127.
  • Präauer, Teresa (2015). Johnny und Jean : Roman (in German) (2nd ed.). Gottigen: Wallstein. ISBN 978-3-8353-1556-3. OCLC 903705848.
  • Präauer, Teresa (2016). Oh Schimmi : Roman (in German) (1st ed.). Göttingen: Wallstein. ISBN 978-3-8353-1873-1. OCLC 997448745.
  • 'Präauer, Teresa (2023). Kochen im falschen Jahrhundert (in German). Göttingen: Wallstein. ISBN 978-3-8353-5429-6.

As illustrator[edit]

Articles and papers[edit]

A selection of Präauer's papers and articles.

  • Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum (Linz) (2004). Im Schloss 2004 : Carla Ählander, Johann Jascha, Constantin Luser, Klaus Mosettig, Gerhard Müllner, Teresa Präauer ; [dieses Katalogbuch dokumentiert das Symposion auf Schloss Sigharting vom 27. Juni bis 18. Juli 2004] [Landesgalerie Linz at the Upper Austrian State Museum] (in German). Weitra: Publ. P No 1, Bibliothek der Provinz. ISBN 3-902414-19-7. OCLC 501387388.
  • Wild dogs , catalog text, Kirchberg bei Mattighofen 2011
  • Animals come, 50 drawings for the magazine Quart, Innsbruck 2014
  • Präauer streams, Literary column in the literary magazine Volltext. Ongoing since 2015.
  • Präauer, Teresa; Balmes, Hans Jürgen (2017). Poetische Ornithologie. Neue Rundschau, 128,1. Frankfurt: S. Fischer Verlag GmbH. ISBN 978-3-10-809109-5. OCLC 979540329.
  • Thun-Hohenstein, Christoph; Pokorny-Nagel, Katrin; Rossberg, Anne-Katrin; Präauer, Teresa; Schmidt, Frieder; Schwahn-Reichmann, Raja; Doosry, Yasmin; Pokorny-Nagel, Kathrin (2017). Ephemera: die Gebrauchsgrafik der MAK-Bibliothek und Kunstblättersammlung = the graphic design of the MAK library and works on paper collection. MAK - Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst.; MAK studies (in German). Vienna: Verlag für Moderne Kunst. ISBN 978-3-903131-94-1. OCLC 974987164.
  • Image of an exhibition - The art column by Teresa Präauer.[14] 10 episodes on ORF radio Ö1, 2019


The following is a selection of the most notable solo and group based exhibitions that Präauer held.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2003: Lolita, Mischa, Malina, Old fire station, Dresden
  • 2004: The Lid does not stand in the way, Galerie 5020, Salzburg
  • 2006: Unumkleidable, Art office, Düsseldorf[15]
  • 2007–2008: Eye slits for the stareless, International Research Centre for Cultural Studies, Vienna
  • 2010: Pigeon Letters, Ortner 2, Vienna
  • 2012: Like maybe, a hand, Kubin-House Schloss Zwickledt
  • 2016: STARS, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz[16]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017/18: Stars – Cosmic Art from 1900 to today, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
  • 2016/17: MIXED EMOTIONS. CLASS ART V, Landesgalerie Linz[17]
  • 2016/17: pencil, notebook & laptop. 10 positions of current writing, literature museum at the Austrian National Library[18]
  • 2019/20: NONE | Fear of fear, Literaturhaus Wien[19]

Works in public collections[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]

The following is a selection of the most notable awards and honours that Präauer has received.


  1. ^ "Teresa Präauer". Artfacts (in German). ArtFacts GmbH. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ Hermann Korte (24 September 2015). TEXT+KRITIK Sonderband – Österreichische Gegenwartsliteratur. edition text + kritik. p. 502. ISBN 978-3-86916-430-4. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b Temel, Peter (19 October 2012). "Höhenflug mit dem ersten Roman" (in German). Telekurier Online Medien GmbH & Co KG. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Teresa Präauer, Wien". Bachmann Preis (in German). Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. ^ Jutta, Person (26 May 2016). "Einen Vogel haben hilft" (in German). Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding. Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ Winkler, Reinhard (26 March 2015). "Taubenbriefe von Stummen an anderer Vögel Küken" [Pigeon letters from mute to other birds chicks]. Aurora (in German). Aurora Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  7. ^ Sandbichler, Bernhard (2 October 2010). "Die Gans im Gegenteil". Kultur Online. Artcore. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b Axmann, David (4 October 2014). "Präauer, Teresa: Johnny und Jean" (in German). Government of Austria. Wiener Zeitung.
  9. ^ Von Maike, Albath (11 March 2015). "Mich kann keiner aufhalten" (in German). Kulture: Die Welt. Die Welt. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Präauer streamt "Seasons" von Future Islands". Volltext (in German). Thomas Keul. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2019. This is the latest version. The footer contains additional links.
  11. ^ Präauer, Teresa (10 February 2015). "Glitzer". nachtkritik (in German). chtkritik Kulturnetz gemeinnützige GmbH. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Teresa Präauer Schriftstellerin" (in German). Kulture: Zeit-Verlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG. Die Zeit. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  13. ^ Brinek, F. (16 May 2018). "Teresa Präauer: Wenn der Dollar auf den Euro klettert..." (in German). Kultur: Maximilian Dasch, Jr. Salzburger Nachrichten. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Image of an exhibition". Österreichischer Rundfunk (in German). Österreichischer Rundfunk. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Teresa Präauer. Unumkleidbare". basis wien (in German and English). 19 April 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  16. ^ Hofmüller, Magnus. "A Piece for Seven Screens". LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Gemischte Gefühle. Klasse Kunst V". Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum (in German). Land Oberösterreich als Medieninhaber. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Bleistift, Heft & Laptop. 10 Positionen aktuellen Schreibens". Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (in German). 16 April 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  19. ^ "KEINE | ANGST vor der Angst". Literaturhaus Wien. Documentation Centre for Newer Austrian Literature. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Kröte des Monats Oktober 2010". Stube (in German). Krötenarchiv: STUBE Study and Counseling Center for Children's and Youth Literature. October 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Teresa Präauer: Short Biography". Literaturhaus Wien. Documentation Centre for Newer Austrian Literature. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Die Nominierten für den Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse 2015 stehen fest!". Leipzig Book Fair Prize (in German). Leipzig Book Fair. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis 2015". Bad Homburg (in German). Magistrat der Stadt Bad Homburg v.d.Höhe vertreten durch Oberbürgermeister Alexander W. Hetjes. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  24. ^ "Teresa Präauer erhält Buchpreis der Salzburger Wirtschaft". Culture: Maximilian Dasch, Jr. Salzburger Nachrichten. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  25. ^ "Franz-Hessel-Preis 2017: Die Shortlist steht". Buch Markt (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  26. ^ "Teresa Präauer erhält den deutschen Ben-Witter-Preis". Der Standard (in German). 17 January 2022. Retrieved 17 January 2022.