Life is a story stands on the front cover of the newly published book Unlesbar (Unreadable) by Ahmad Alshrihi. He is one of the prizewinners of the 2019 Exil Literature Prize, which is awarded to authors in the Vienna association Exil who write their texts in German but come from a different culture. For UnlesbarAlshrihi wrote twelve stories about people “who I am, who I know and who I do not know.“ “These are simple words in simple sentences,” as he himself says. With his straightforward style, he succeeds in presenting emotions in unfamiliar ways and directly and frankly addressing themes that are taboo in our society, thus touching us in a highly reflective way. “I am the pen that belongs to no one,” the writer says, giving people a voice who would otherwise remain unheard.
studied journalism in Damascus and began creative writing while still in Syria. Since 2015 he has been living in Austria and he is presently working in a supermarket in Graz in order to earn a living. Alshrihi publishes regularly in German and has gave readings at the Afro-Asian Institute in Graz and the Literaturhaus in Vienna, amongst other places.