The Sargnagel scandals

She writes about bizarre encounters in Vienna’s most infamous tram line, obscure gatherings of her all-female student fraternity and other wondrous things. Stefanie Sargnagel just does not give a flying f***. The 31-year-old author from Vienna became a hyped modern literature star by posting daily life observations and unfiltered thoughts about various topics on Facebook. Books like “Fitness” sold like hot cakes. But it was her online feud with novelist Thomas Glavinic that raised the attention of a broader audience. A spike in book sales was certain. Sargnagel kept causing outrage by badmouthing right-wing politicians who had attacked her over a trip to Morocco which was allegedly funded by the state. In a satirical travel diary, Sargnagel made fun about killing kittens and claimed being disappointed by young natives as she had expected more considering what happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Her new book “Statusmeldungen” is out now.

By Stefanie Sargnagel
Published by Rowohlt (

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