Under Blazing Skies
Über allem war Licht

woitzuck über allem war licht
April 2015 / 264pp

review

This tense novel is a glittering portrayal of domestic violence and the psychology of abuser and abused. 

Rosa is in love with Milo, her husband’s best friend. The strain on the lovers is only intensified by Rosa’s husband’s violent behaviour towards her. So accustomed is Rosa to suffering abuse from Hans and covering it up that she appears to be ambivalent towards her plight and, much to Milo’s frustration, even defends Hans’s actions. One night Hans returns home drunk and launches a particularly brutal attack on Rosa. In an attempt to defend herself, Rosa plunges a pair of sewing scissors into his abdomen. They reel towards the stairs, and Rosa pushes Hans into the stairwell, where he breaks his neck and is killed instantly. In a state of panic, she phones Milo. Long inured to the need for secrecy, Milo formulates a plan for disposing of Hans’s body and removing all traces of the killing. 

Magda Woitzuck focuses to great effect on the momentary shifts in her protagonists’ inner worlds as they undergo an ordeal that tests them to their limits. This is a crime novel with a twist: its delicious sense of suspense derives from the reader’s uncertainty as to whether Rosa’s guilt will ever be discovered.

about the author

Magda Woitzuck was born in Vienna in 1983 and went to school in Lower Austria. She was raised bilingually and speaks Polish. She went on to study Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. Curiosity as well as the desire to learn foreign languages led her to travel extensively, including to Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa. Woitzuck has been an author since 1997. Her highly acclaimed 2010 audio drama Doggod was awarded the Prix Europa in Berlin. Most recently Woitzuck has been granted the residence scholarship of the county of Lower Austria in Paliano near Rome.

rights information

Translation rights available from:

Verlag Wortreich
Albertgasse 35, 1080 Wien, Austria
Tel: +43 1 71728-455
Email: office@verlag-wortreich.at
www.verlag-wortreich.at

Wortreich Verlag was founded in Vienna in 2015 and specialises in upmarket popular literature. All book covers are created in cooperation with the painter Alice Haring.

translation assistance

Applications for adult fiction or children’s books should be made to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport in good time before the book goes to print.

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