Anna Baar


Born in Zagreb in 1973 in former Yugoslavia as the daughter of a Dalmatian mother and an Austrian father. Childhood and youth spent in Austria (Vienna, Klagenfurt) and on the Dalmatian island of Brač. Studied Journalism and Public Relations at the universities of Vienna and Klagenfurt. In 2008 she graduated Dr. phil. at the University of Klagenfurt. Free-lance work commissioned in the fields of the economy, science and arts. Worked for radio and the print media while still a student.

Since 2012 Anna Baar published numerous short stories, essays and poems in magazines and anthologies. Her first novel “Die Farbe des Granatapfels” (Wallstein) — The Colour of the Pomegranate — was published in 2015. An excerpt from the manuscript was shortlisted in the Ingeborg Bachmann Literary Competition2015. The novel was also ranked as number 1 on the ORF Best List for three months and awarded theRotahorn Literature Prize. In 2017 Anna Baar published the novel “Als ob sie träumend gingen” (Wallstein) – As if They Were Walking in a Dream. For the second novel she received the Theodor Körner Prize.   

Reviewers often praise Anna Baar`s extraordinary sense of language. She composes her stories like pieces of music in a very distinctive, pictorial, expressive narrative tone – associatively and at the same time sharply contoured on the border between facts and imagination. The Austrian reviewer Julia Kospach calls her "one of the boldest voices of contemporary German-language literature”.

Anna Baar lives in Klagenfurt and Vienna.