Liechtenstein

“How does an author living in a small country write – for example, let’s take the small country of Liechtenstein – how does an author from Liechtenstein write?” asked Friedrich Dürrenmatt, considering a literary theory that attempts to use something small as an example reflective of the entire world.

“Within a space of 160 square kilometers, with around 35,000 inhabitants, a third of which are foreigners, situated between the young Rhine River and the mountains, and at least an hour’s drive from any metropolis, Liechtenstein doesn’t exactly possess the ideal conditions for a lively literary landscape. One would hardly expect that significant German literary works have arisen from Liechtenstein – works which have influenced the entire German language literary scene.” And yet there they are – for example, Michael Donhauser, Patrick Boltshauser and Evi Kliemand – Liechtenstein’s literary voices, voices which have managed to achieve credibility in other countries as successful literature and receive renowned literary prizes.More ...