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Wolf Haas (1960 – )
Right now, Wolf Haas is one of the most successful Austrian authors. His crime novels circle around grumpy ex-detective Brenner with a unique way of story telling and narrative style loosely based on the Austrian vernacular, the German you hear on the streets rather than expect to read in a book. But do not be fooled: his style of writing is highly artistic. It is also a compelling and, in some ways, easy read. Audience and critics both love him, his books sell and are occasionally turned into successful movies, too!
Wolf Haas actually started out writing copy for a renowned advertising agency. Slogans like "Lichtfahrer sind sichtbarer" (drivers with their lights on are more visible) or "Ö1 gehört gehört" (Austrian radio station Ö1 needs to be heard) show his fascination with wordplay which characterizes his prose. If you want to find out about Austria and its literature, Wolf Haas is an excellent starting point.