MASTER OF EROTIC TENSION
For many years, Karin Rick has been writing about love, sex and power, and is Austria’s best-known author of erotic literature. Her novels transcend sexual permissiveness with deep feelings. She graduated from the Translators Institutes in Vienna and Paris, majoring in Communications and Art History, then taught at Ecole des Mines in Nancy, France, and studied in Belgium and Spain. In Vienna, she organized numerous events on topics such as female aesthetics, gender differences, art history and French literature. Among these, the international symposium Female Sexuality and Creativity in Psychoanalysis and Literature at the University of Applied Arts, from which her first publication, a theoretical volume, Sexuality, Women and Art stems. This was followed by the conference Women, Violence, Pornography at the University of Vienna, and later, three days of French literature at a Vienna theater (Schauspielhaus) La vie est un roman (“Life is a Novel”). At this event, contemporary French authors discussed the entanglements of life and fiction. Karin Rick has translated novels of Hélène Cixous and Rachid Mimouni, essays by Robbe-Grillet, and short stories by Leslea Newman and Shere Hite into German. The female protagonists in her novels, short stories, and theoretical works transcend conventional images of femininity and exalt the pleasure principle above the female victim role – living out their sexual freedom with great intimacy. Many of the main characters in her novels lead the readers into a fantasy universe of erotic staging. Her main works are the theoretical volume Sexuality, Women and Art the novels Böse Spiele, Cote d’Azur, Sex ist die Antwort, Wilde Liebe, Chaosgirl, the short story collection Sex, Sehnsucht und Sirenen and Hingabe, an adventure novel Furien in Ferien – ein Lesbosabenteuer as well as the latest novel, released in 2015, Venuswelle – eine Transgender Story. Chaosgirl was translated into Italian in 2012 and into English in 2014 (Twist of Lust and Trust). Karin Rick’s main characters defy role models. They parody stereotypes by distorting, transforming and breaking out of female archetypes and their diverse forms – such as diva, femme fatale, vamp, the fatal beauty, the idealized stranger or the woman between the worlds.