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RICCABONA, Max
Max Riccabona is a fascinating avant-garde writer with an intreguing life sotry. He was born in 1915 and just recently died in 1997.
Ulrike Längle speaks about Max Riccabona in her interview (Volume 4 Number 2):
"Riccabona is a literary legend. he was born in 1915, and as a schoolboy he met James Joyce, and in the thirties, Joseph Roth in Paris. He was a lawyer, then a member of the monarchist resistance and finally from 1942 until the end of the war, in the concentration camp in Dachau.
He had already tried in the mid-1960s to write his concentration camp memoirs. They were attempts, and he always said that he wanted to finish writing them. But I have noticed that he would never do it, and I have bought the typed manuscript from him for the archives. When, several years ago, Riccabona was suffering from ill-health, I thought that we had to publish this before he died. The book includes three times frames with memories, partly from the convalescent home for the elderly [where he then resided], partly from Dachau, and partly from a stay at a lung sanatorium in Davos in 1932, where he had gone during his high school years."

K.Z. Skizzen (Concentration Camp Sketches) from Auf dem Nebengeleise. Erinnerunen und Ausflüchte (Ed. Ulrike Längle. Innsbruck: Haymon, 1995): Vol. 4, No. 2

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