Austrian Book Prize 2022 goes to Verena Rossbacher
From the jury's statement:
[The] novel’s heroine [is a] desolately funny female character and thus a rarity in literary history. Because funny women have a hard time with the readership. With her, Verena Rossbacher has not only succeeded in creating a character that will never be forgotten - she also allows her to develop an almost unbelievable personality. The quirky outsider with a penchant for advertising clips from the nineties (Mon Chéri!) becomes a pioneer of alternative models of life and love in the course of this fast-paced novel. [..] Mon Chéri and Our Battered Souls tells a story of letting go. In between, there is slapstick at its best. Funny women, we learn with Verena Rossbacher, are simply irresistible!" -
Italian rights are available. The shortlisted titles handled by B&G can be found here.