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Teresa Präauer: Writing Builds a Home, but You Still Need a House

For the first time in Months, last weekend there was not a curfew in Istanbul. In these days of so called "new normal", Vienna based writer Teresa Präauer, joined conversation on the effect of COVID-19, answering my updated questions.

Cover Photo Courtesy: Thomas Langdon

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GENERATIONS LATER, WHEN A YOUNG PERSON ASKS HOW YOU SURVIVED CORONAVIRUS, HOW MIGHT YOU RESPOND?

If a close (and young) friend and colleague of mine would not have been suffering badly from the virus, maybe I would have felt safe during the weeks. But his illness was very bad, so I was nervous about it concerning him and also concerning my life or the life of friends and family.

I felt quite sad thinking of the future. This changed now that life is more vivid again, we can move and visit friends again.

My sister was pregnant during this period of time, my nephew was born at the end of May. A second rise of infections in autumn or next year would really depress me. In the same time —as a writer— I am used to work at home and on my own. 

ANY BOOK TRENDS FOR THE "NEW NORMAL"?

Dystopia in literature is over. Too real. Maybe books on home gardening, survival training in quarantaine, books on the sense of life, a lot of easy read.

I hope the corona virus itself will not be part of all the novels published next autumn and spring. I am so fed up with the topic.

A PROJECT YOU ENJOYED DURING PANDEMIC?

I very much enjoyed the rehearsals of a play of the RESIDENZTHEATERin Munich. Four guys were having zoom conferences and chats on how to continue working on the play without being able to put it on stage. Was so funny and true as well. And not random in its approach. 

EXTRA: The idea of home has changed dramatically after refugee crisis and now this global pandemic. What do you think about this idea of "the writer building her/his house in writing"?

Writing builds a home. But you still need a house to be protected from the rain. 

The most recent book of Teresa Präauer, „Tier werden” (Becoming Animal) is a look into the blurring edges of human and animals in art and myth. It is me holding the book, after she gave it as a gift to me in Vienna, I cannot think of a more beautiful cover.

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