Born in a family of farmers on 3rd March 3 1953, in Kamering/Paternion, Carinthia, Winkler attended middle school in Kamering and a business institute in Villach. In 1973, he was hired at the secretary of then University of Educational Sciences, now the University of Innsbruck. In that period, he started to publish the book series Schreibarbeiten with professor and writer Alois Brandstetter, giving life to a literary work group that invited national and international writers to participate in conferences. Thanks to Martin Walser’s brokerage, in 1979 he published his first novel Menschenkind, printed by Suhrkamp. From 1979 to 1982 he stopped working at the University of Innsbruck on a parental leave and since 1982 he has been working as a freelancer.
Meanwhile, Suhrkamp has published 19 of his books. In March 2018, his last work Laß dich heimgeigen, Vater, oder Den Tod ins Herz mir schreibe was released.
In 200, he was honoured with the Alfred Döblin Prize, established by Günter Grass for his Roman novel entitled Natura morta. In 2007, he also won the Grand Austrian State Prize for Literature and, in 2008 in Darmstadt, the Georg-Büchner Prize of the German Academy for Language and Literature. Photo ©Jerry Bauer Suhrkamp Verlag
Event on 29th June, Piazza Sant’Antiocru 22.30, Storie Di Altri Luoghi