Peter Sichrovsky is an Austrian journalist, author, and former politician. He was a foreign correspondent between 1986-1996 for publications including Stern Magazine, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Profil. In 1989 he co-founded Austria's newspaper Der Standard, where he served on the editorial board for several years, and from 1996-2004 he was a member of the European Parliament. Sichrovsky is the author of eighteen books, including many acclaimed books based on interviews: Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in German and Austria Today, Born Guilty: Children of Nazi Families (adapted into over fifteen foreign-language theatrical works), Incurably German (interviews with German neo-Nazis), and Abraham's Children: Israel's Young Generation. Currently he writes for the online magazine Schlaglichter, where he is a widely-read columnist.
A longtime journalist and politician, Sichrovsky writes with a crisp prose that makes his everyday characters real, with a touch of humor and subtle points about what being Jewish means today. This is a strong collection. … The pieces here are memorable and diverse, making Verklempt an excellent English-language introduction to the author’s fiction.
– Foreword Reviews
Moving and engaging…. [Sichrovsky] set[s] up … intriguing narratives and metaphors.
– Asymptote Journal
A touching, thoughtful, and powerful read; Sichrovsky’s insights into people’s secrets, regrets, and consciences are artfully divulged. Verklempt certainly lives up to its title.
– Jewish Book World
John Howard’s translation is clear, clean, and straightforward. His word choices are simple and direct, resisting the temptation for sentimentality that such subject matter holds. I was especially impressed by the way he conveyed the different patterns of speech that characterize people of different ages and geographical descents. There is no confusing his elderly Austrian aunt with his Brooklynite Jewish mother.
– Yardenne Greenspan, Asymptote Journal
Intense existential stories with uplifting conclusions about people, torn by past conflicts and histories, who are coming to terms with the flow of everyday life through fulfillment of their desires.
– Ivan Margolius, author of Reflections of Prague: Journeys Through the 20th Century