Erich Hackl’s concise and hauntingly dense works of prose have gained him a huge audience and great success. At the bottom of his efforts are usually some forgotten beings, victims of our century’s cruel history, with their authentic albeit not exactly remembered biographies. Here Hackl, the Austrian author, overly sensitized perhaps because of his own country’s extreme insensitivities, steps in and tries to bring about an act of belated justice and redemption. This obviates the question whether Hackl is a fiction writer or a historian, a lawyer of the ‘small people’ or a missionary voice of human dignity: he is all of these.
– Erich Wolfgang Skwara,World Literature Today
The books of Erich Hackl have now been translated into 25 languages. As a chronicler, he reminds us of the fate of people who were arrested for racial reasons or because of their political convictions, tortured and murdered. Hackl reconstructs the biographies of those who have been erased from history. [...] He takes care to strive for historical accuracy.
– Michael Opitz,Deutschlandradio Kultur
Erich Hackl's subjects are all actual events, fates and biographies. Often with considerable research and effort, he digs deep into the histories of people whose destiny very often have to do with Nazism and / or with Judaism. In his new collection of short [non-fiction] stories Three Tearless Histories, two of which are already published in Austria in newspapers and anthologies, Hackl tells of Jewish people and their destinies. [...] These stories get under one's skin.– Winfried Stanzick,BÃ¼cher.de
Highly recommended … a haunting book.
– Samuel Moser,Neue ZÃ¼rcher Zeitung
Hackl’s use of emotional triggers related to injustice and redemption are both subtle and commanding. In the same way that we relate to injustice of the oppressed, this author delivers stunning situations in which innocent families and characters are destroyed by an unjust rule of law. Yet the ultimate value of a book like this lies in the author’s delivery of life between the lines, beyond the vagaries of a reader’s sentient ability to comprehend. Here, Hackl elicits his best andmost enduring success.
– Charles S. Weinblatt,New York Journal of Books
Hackl’s narrative is masterful and compelling.
The clash of fascism and communism on two continents over half a century, as traced through a few family photographs. … Hackl is like an investigating detective pursuing a case where all the principals are long dead and the few who remain may be reluctant to talk. … These powerful inquiries spurred by photos are history made flesh, the untold lives of the mostly forgotten.
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