As one of Austria’s most famous lyricists, authors and publicists, Stefan Griebl is better known by his pen name of Franzobel. Renowned literary prizes and awards such as the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Bert-Brecht-Medaille, the Arthur Schnitzler Prize and the Nestroy Award honor the literary skill of this extraordinary talent. In his texts and readings, Franzobel has mastered the art of handling even difficult matters and critical issues, such as the topics of migration and asylum, with ease. It is only with a certain dose of humor that such chunks can even be digested at all, he thinks.
The muse does not kiss lightly
The lyrical lightness attributed to Franzobel is often the result of hard work. “When writing I try to get into a flow and not get cramped up,” says the author. “A good rule of thumb, perhaps, would be not to take yourself too seriously,” adds Franzobel. His own well-being and appearance are still of concern to the poet. His wife, successful actress Maxi Blaha, was there to help when it came to choosing his Silhouette eyewear. “My wife picked out my Silhouette eyewear because she is the one who always see me with it,” Franzobel grins before adding, “and she also happens to have significantly better taste than I have.”
To recharge his battery, Franzobel allows for regular “Lite Moments” in his day-to-day routine. “I pay great attention to my inner clock, to my rhythm – everything goes more smoothly then. I try to do everything with as much pleasure as possible and not be subjected to any constraints.” A further reason why he enjoys a carefree attitude to life with his Silhouette.