Book look: Sargnagel & Semmelweis

Eating ice cream and watching dinner dating reality shows all day is what Stefanie Sargnagel loves doing the most. She also enjoys long walks through her hometown and getting drunk in tiny pubs located in her “ghetto” with unemployed white trash alcoholics. At the same time, the young Viennese author – who keeps underlining how terrible it feels getting old – is considered being one of Austria’s most promising writers.

Her books “In der Zukunft sind wir alle tot” and “Fitness” feature Facebook diary entries and short but brilliant remarks about living in Vienna’s fifth district. Sargnagel does not give a damn about our society’s beauty hype. The Instagram star precisely describes her nightlife experiences – at least the parts she can remember the next morning.

Sargnagel is not shying away from expressing depressive feelings and uncertainties. These parts of her book are oppressive but as important as her hilarious reports from the State Opera Ball (“the most boring night of my life”) and the night she attended a music event organised by the right-wing Freedom Party. Sargnagel makes fun of the domestic art scene, sophisticated fellow authors – and herself. She documents a visit to a Czech casino and various occurrences happening in the city’s infamous tram number six. This is pop poetry perfection.

By Stefanie Sargnagel
Published by redelsteiner dahimene edition (

In der Zukunft sind wir alle tot
By Stefanie Sargnagel
Published by Mikrotext (

A Vienna University lecturer has presented her comprehensive investigation on Ignaz Semmelweis. The hygiene pioneer’s achievements cannot be appreciated enough. He fought for basic standards and regulations which are common sense today.

Anna Durnova portrays the medic’s remarkable mission. Her new 250-page book “In den Händen der Ärzte. Ignaz Semmelweis. Pionier der Hygiene” reveals insights on the manifold obstacles Semmelweis was confronted with throughout his career.

“In den Händen der Ärzte. Ignaz Semmelweis. Pionier der Hygiene” underlines the high-quality policy of Residenz Verlag. The publishing house recently also presented “Drum prüfe, wer sich ewig bindet. Eine kleine Geschichte der Ehe”, a scientific analysis on marriage from the Roman Empire to the 21st century. On 220 pages, author Alexandra Bleyer documents changes concerning the role of women in different countries and decades.

Helmut Wohnout meanwhile wrote about late Austrian chancellor Leopold Figl and the remarkable developments in the country after World War Two. Figl masterminded the foundation of the Austrian People’s Party, ÖVP. The former concentration camp inmate also played an important role concerning various issues – from food supply in the seriously demolished Vienna region to the creation of a modern federal constitution and the State Treaty agreement of 1955.

In den Händen der Ärzte. Ignaz Semmelweis. Pionier der Hygiene
By Anna Durnova
Published by Residenz Verlag (

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