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Kulturní týdeník A2 - Czech Republic | 13/12/2007

Michael Stavaric on immigration literature

The 35-year-old writer Michael Stavaric, who was born in the Czech Republic (Brno) and now lives in Austria, rejects the concept of immigration literature in an interview with Tomas Dimter: "This is basically a concept that was typical of the last century. Life in today's Europe is more cosmopolitan. As a writer I can work anywhere in the world, particularly given that writers have a good status in many countries. Nowadays, the German literary scene is dominated or at least strongly influenced by immigrant authors. In Austria my background is always seen in the context of the Czech literary tradition. I'm often asked why I write in German instead of in Czech or why Czech exercises such a strong influence over German literature. ... In Austria I am part of new literature; in the Czech Republic I'm not."

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