Gmünd, Lower Austria
Thomas Sautner (born 1970 in Gmünd, Lower Austria) is an Austrian painter and writer.
Gmünd is a town in the northwestern Waldviertel region of Lower Austria and the capital of the Gmünd district. The municipality consists of the Katastralgemeinden Böhmzeil, Breitensee, Eibenstein, Gmünd and Grillenstein. Situated on the Lainsitz (Lužnice) river where it forms the border with České Velenice in the Czech Republic, it is an important road and railway crossing point, next to the Blockheide protected area.
Thomas Sautner studied political science, communication and contemporary history. Then he worked as journalist. Sautner is a painter and a novelist. In his novels he writes about the life and the culture of the Yeniche people. He lives and works in the northern Waldviertel of Austria and in Vienna.
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The Waldviertel is the northwestern region of the northeast Austrian state of Lower Austria. It is bounded to the south by the Danube, to the southwest by Upper Austria, to the northwest and the north by the Czech Republic and to the east by the Manhartsberg, which is the survey point dividing Waldviertel from Weinviertel.
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Sautner's first two novels from 2006 and 2007 dive into the world of the Yeniche people. Reviewer Eva Riebler of the Austrian literary magazine Etcetera pinpoints to the author's intention to "save the wisdom of the Yeniche people", and she compares the first book even to The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.In Austria, Sautner's books are regarded as bestsellers.
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