Andreas Okopenko

Andreas Okopenko ( born March 15, 1930 in Kosice (Czechoslovakia), † 27 June, 2010 Vienna ) was an Austrian writer.


Andreas Okopenko was born the son of a Ukrainian doctor and his Austrian wife. Since 1939, the family lived in Vienna. After an illness interrupted studies in chemistry at the University of Vienna Okopenko was used until 1970 in the industry, among other things, in a paper mill, works. From 1950 onwards, he increasingly devoted himself to literature. From 1951 to 1953 he was the literary magazine " publications " ( full name: publications of a group of young authors wiener ) out, in which numerous members of the Austrian avant-garde published at that time. From 1968 to 2010 he lived, most recently as a freelance writer in Vienna.

Okopenko emerged with both poems and prose works in which realistic depiction of subjective impressions and feelings and language experiments received an idiosyncratic mixture. In his novels he renounced partially entirely on a conventional chronology or logical sequence in favor of fragmentation and ranking of text for some kind of random. Especially with his alphabetical scale lexicon novel from 1970 Okopenko can be regarded as an early precursor of hypertext literature. This was established in 1998 in collaboration between the author, the collective libraries of the Mind and the composer Karlheinz Essl ELEX - Electronic Encyclopedia published novel on CD- ROM. Some of his " Spleen Songs " (1969 ), the singer-songwriter Ulrich Roski and set to music on his LP " So nature has willed" published ( Teldec 6.23548, 1978).

Okopenko from 1973 to 1985 Member of the Graz author Assembly; Since 1999 he was a member of the Austrian Art Senate.

He was buried in an honorary grave dedicated Grinzing Cemetery (Group 24, number 8, number 5) in Vienna.

Awards and honors

Works (selection)

  • Green November, Munich 1957
  • Strange Days, Munich and Others 1963
  • The evidence of Michael Cetus, Salzburg 1967
  • Why are the latrines so sad?, Spleen songs, Salzburg 1969
  • Lexicon a sentimental journey to the exporter meeting in Druden, Salzburg 1970
  • Changing places discomfort, Salzburg 1971
  • The acacia eaters, Salzburg 1973
  • Deathbed with cardboard covers, inter alia, Vienna 1974
  • Warning Ypsilon, Salzburg 1974
  • Meteorites, Salzburg 1976
  • Four essays, Salzburg and Others 1979
  • Collected Poetry, Vienna and Others 1980
  • Do not ditch arbitrarily! , Linz 1980
  • Johanna, Baden 1982
  • Locker poems, Vienna 1983
  • Children Nazi, Salzburg and Others 1984
  • Community work, Siegen 1989 ( together with Ernst Jandl and Mayröcker )
  • Schwänzellieder, Vienna 1991
  • Whenever I was raining heavily, Vienna 1992
  • Dream reports, Linz et al 1998
  • Hobbyhorse, Vienna and Others 1999
  • Collected Essays and other opinion outbreaks spanning five decades, Klagenfurt, inter alia, In the scene in 2000
  • Confrontations, 2001
  • Streichelchaos - spontaneous poems, Klagenfurt, inter alia, 2004
  • Reminder of the hope - Collected autobiographical essays, Vienna 2008

Publishing activities

  • Publications of a group of young authors Vienna, Vienna, H. 1.1951 - 8.1953
  • Hertha Kräftner: Why here? Why today?, Graz, 1963 ( together with Otto Breicha )
  • Ernst No: Street of Odysseus, Vienna 1994