2018-07-14 21:36:28 UTC
(short obit in English)
(obits, in German)
(translation of one obit)
...Yes, she also wrote nonfiction books, including three cookbooks (eg, "With two left-handed spoons") and literary texts for adults. The series "Iba de gaunz oaman Kinda", "Iba de gaunz oaman Fraun" and "Iba de gaunz oaman Mauna": Even the titles show how wonderful laconically her Viennese look - her Hernalserisch, she would have specified. Accuracy was important to her, you remember how she once told how she had walked as a child on the Ottakringer road, right in the middle, on the border between Ottakring and Hernals, left and right, the small houses.
She herself was a poor child, ashamed of living on the ground floor, and she was, as she noted in her "Memoirs", "a lot craver than others of my age." And she was really poor to the very poor people close, without sentimentalism, without social romanticism: she was a woolen Social Democrat, both parents had suffered under the Nazis, their mother had been retired early, so as not to indoctrinate the children with Nazi songs. Her childhood during the Second World War, she worked for example in "cockchafer fly!" In the fantastic novel "We whistle on the Gurkenkönig" she showed her profound disgust with presumptuous authorities.
Without anger. She was too cool for that. Would she have accepted the adjective? Stoic she acted, with all commitment, saved with facial expressions. In her books, she did not lament problems, but simply portrayed them, including parents' marital problems: that was new in children's literature. In the idyll she was not at home. And when asked, she said clearly: No, she did not want to be educated....
(birthday post from 2016)
First third or so:
She won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984 and was also nominated in 1976.
(Her birthday was on Oct. 13th, the same as Australian HCAA Medalist Robert Ingpen's.)
She won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2003.
One of her best-known books is "Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy" (1975).
About that one:
"A woman keeps on sending off for free offers and is surprised to receive a large tin which contains a ready-made seven-year-old. His perfect behaviour makes him the butt of schoolchildren and he is unhappy. Eventually it is discovered that he was sent to the wrong address and the firm come to collect him. Fearing their visit, the boy quickly learns very bad behaviour so that they won't want him back and he succeeds in putting them off and in winning friends at school. A good tale about behaviour and about unfair expectations of children by parents; an amusing, if implausible, tale."
(There's a very amusing one-star review of the same book at Amazon, too.)
About "Fly Away Home" (1973):
"An award-winning World War II story based on the author’s own childhood experiences. When her family’s apartment in Vienna is bombed, Christel Goth and her family lose everything. They are offered the use of a summer villa in the suburbs, and walk there in just the clothes they stand up in. The war is ending, and there is a precarious existence eking out food stores, and anticipating horrors from the oncoming Russian army. But when they come, the worst the soldiers do is get drunk and fire their guns. It’s a tense time, and Christel’s active curiosity leads her into all sorts of dangerous places."
About "The Cucumber King" (1972):
"Wolfi Hoglemann and his family live an uneventful life until the Cucumber King suddenly appaears from the depths of their cellar claiming to have been evicted by his potato-like subjects, the Kumi-Oris, and throwing himself on the mercy of the Hogelmanns. The disruptive influence of the autocratic King on the Hogelmann household provides the basis for an hilarious and revealing comedy of family life." ...