Austrian author Elfriede Gerstl dies at 76

10th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Gerstl wrote poetry, essays and short stories over a career that spanned several decades, often looking at gender roles, a topic that particularly interested the staunch feminist.

Vienna -- Prize-winning Austrian author Elfriede Gerstl died Thursday at age 76 following a long illness, her friend and fellow writer Herbert J. Wimmer announced.

Gerstl wrote poetry, essays and short stories over a career that spanned several decades, often looking at gender roles, a topic that particularly interested the staunch feminist.

Born on June 16, 1932, Gerstl, who was Jewish, spent the Nazi occupation years in hiding, in her hometown of Vienna.

She then studied medicine and psychology before publishing her first pieces of writing in 1955.

In 1999, she received two major German-language literature awards: the Erich Fried Prize and the Austrian Georg Trakl Prize for poetry.

Her most famous works included the 1977 novel Spielraeume and Kleiderflug, first published in 1998.

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