The Journal Of Austrian Studies Webinar


“Chikago” by Theodora Bauer:

A reading and discussion with the author


Thursday, March 25, 2021

1-2:30pm EST (US) / 7-8:30pm (Austria)


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Join prize-winning Austrian author Theodora Bauer to discuss her 2017 novel Chikago. The stirring tale follows the lives of three immigrants in early 20th-century America in their search for a better life amidst social upheaval and personal tragedy.


About the Novel:

In the early 20th century, Feri and Katica live in a region along the newly-established border between Austria and Hungary, a region plagued by turmoil, upheaval, and above all, poverty. Especially for Feri, hope lies in America, where he wants to take the pregnant Katica. A tragedy and the brave intervention by Katica’s sister, Anica, turn the emigration plan into an escape, now there are three of them. Yet life in America is not as good as the three emigrants hoped. Katica dies giving birth to their child and Feri becomes an idle drunk. After Feri’s death, Anica takes over the responsibility for little Josip…


Theodora Bauer breathes life into her protagonists, and adds realism to their story and tragedy and beauty to their fate in this great novel about the desire for a better life. (Picus Verlag)


About the Author:

Theodora Bauer was born in 1990 in Vienna, where she also completed a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in communication science at the University of Vienna. Publications include the novels Das Fell der Tante Meri (2014) und Chikago (2017), several plays, as well as short stories and essays in periodicals, newspapers and on the radio. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards. Theodora Bauer is currently co-hosting the TV show “literaTOUR” on the Austrian station ServusTV. More about and by Theodora Bauer @


Co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York


Moderated by Michael Haider, Director ACFNY


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