Book look: Austrofred, spooky Austria and all those who really mattered

Extensive touring has dominated the past few years of the life of 1Austrian performer Austrofred. However, the singer – who skilfully combines Queen songs with the lyrics of popular Austrian tunes – also succeeded on television (“Hello Austrofred – Hello Vienna!”) and as a writer. He released his online diary as a book (“Ich rechne noch in Schilling”) as well as a fictitious correspondence with composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Du kannst dir deine Zauberflöte in den Arsch schieben”). Austrofred’s oeuvre even features an autobiography (“Alpenkönig und Menschenfreund”). In his latest release, a novel called “Hard On!”, the stage star writes about his thirst for revenge after his career almost came to a standstill thanks to harsh critics by incompetent journalists. Now – after uncountable concerts in sports halls on the Austrian countryside and at festivals like Vienna’s Donauinselfest – fans get to see their favourite rock star from a completely new perspective.

Hard On!
By Austrofred (
Published by Czernin (

Gabriele Hasmann, a journalist and ghostwriter, has once more teamed up with photographer Ursula Hepp to create a book about the mysterious side of Austria. Hasmann and Hepp previously cooperated concerning “Hexen, Heiler und Dämonen” and “Spuk in Österreich”. Hasmann also released “Spuk in Wien” which consists of tales about paranormal activities in Vienna. Now, with a Chinese proverb as her motto (“No one fears ghosts more than those who doubt their existence.”), she again concentrated on the whole country. In “Unheimliches Österreich. Mysteriöse Orte und Begegnungen”, readers discover scary stories about the Vienna State Opera, the city’s AKH clinic and other buildings in the capital. Furthermore, there are several stories about towns and villages in Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vorarlberg as well as two spooky chapters each about Carinthia, Tyrol and Salzburg.

Unheimliches Österreich. Mysteriöse Orte und Begegnungen
By Gabriele Hasmann and Ursula Hepp
Published by Ueberreuter (

With so much information by such a great number of sources available, the decisive question is who to trust and which providers of material to rely on. Now a renowned history professor from Germany presents his collection of short biographies of the most important personalities in world history. Udo Sautter’s 110-page release features portraits of 101 people. “Die 101 wichtigsten Personen der Weltgeschichte” includes texts about Genghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, William Shakespeare, Charles de Gaulle and many others. In chronological order, Sautter writes about politicians and scientists, but also philosophers, explorer and artists.

Die 101 wichtigsten Personen der Weltgeschichte
By Udo Sautter
Published by C.H. Beck (

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