Marianne Fritz (1948–2007) was an Austrian novelist. Her first book, The Weight of Things
, marked the beginning of an ambitious cycle of novels with the overarching title of Festung
, or "The Fortress," comprising Das Kind der Gewalt und die Sterne der Romani
, Dessen Sprache du nicht verstehst
, and the gargantuan Naturgemäß
, the third volume of which she was preparing at the time of her death.