Unterwelten: Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth

Translated title of the contribution: Underworlds: life and works of Gerhard Roth

Uwe Schütte

Research output: Book/ReportBook


An introduction to one of the most important German-speaking writers of the 20th and 21st century. With his literary cycles “Orkus” and “Die Archive des Schweigens” Gerhard Roth consolidated his status as one of the most important authors of contemporary German literature. For more than three decades, his literary oeuvre has been dedicated to the fight against neglecting historical responsibility. He is also an avid contributor to ongoing political debates. The study grants insights into the author’s work and demonstrates its role as an artistic tracing of the dark past. Gerhard Roth’s literary work can be read as a project, as an alternative to official historical interpretations and as a multilayered oeuvre that gives a voice to the persecuted, forgotten and alienated.
Translated title of the contributionUnderworlds: life and works of Gerhard Roth
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationSt Pölten (DE)
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-701-74367-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-701-71593-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Gerhard Roth
  • Austrian literature
  • Orkus
  • Archive des Schweigens
  • public intellectuals


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