Authors 2021

  • Patricia Portela
b. 1974, is a Portuguese writer, performer and filmmaker. She accomplishes her transdisciplinary artistic projects in Europe, USA and the Middle East. She has been director of the Teatro Viriato in Viseu since 2020. Recently published: Dias úteis, 2017.
Patricia Portela asks with her unique power of imagination: what causes us to sell our soul nowadays??
Carlos Vaz Marques, Livros do Dia

    Patricia Portela

    Patricia Portela
    b. 1974, is a Portuguese writer, performer and filmmaker. She accomplishes her transdisciplinary artistic projects in Europe, USA and the Middle East. She has been director of the Teatro Viriato in Viseu since 2020. Recently published: Dias úteis, 2017.
    Patricia Portela asks with her unique power of imagination: what causes us to sell our soul nowadays??
    Carlos Vaz Marques, Livros do Dia

  • Priya Basil
b. 1977, is a British-Indian writer who grew up in Kenya and now lives in Germany. She is co-founder of Authors for Peace. She regularly writes for Lettre International and various daily newspapers. Recently published in German: Im Wir und Jetzt. Feministin werden, 2021.
.... If the whole world digested ‘Be My Guest’, we’d be OK. ... Chauvinists, xenophobes, climate change deniers – inhospitable people the world over – will detest her compellingly beautiful book.
Alexander Gilmour, The Financial Times

    Priya Basil

    Priya Basil
    b. 1977, is a British-Indian writer who grew up in Kenya and now lives in Germany. She is co-founder of Authors for Peace. She regularly writes for Lettre International and various daily newspapers. Recently published in German: Im Wir und Jetzt. Feministin werden, 2021.
    .... If the whole world digested ‘Be My Guest’, we’d be OK. ... Chauvinists, xenophobes, climate change deniers – inhospitable people the world over – will detest her compellingly beautiful book.
    Alexander Gilmour, The Financial Times

  • Lana Bastašić
b. 1986, is a Bosnian writer. She is editor of the Spanish literature magazine Carn de cap and co-founder of 3+3 sisters, a project that promotes writers from the Balkans. She was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2020. Recently published in German: Fang den Hasen, 2021.

With captivating language between rebellious defiance and biting humour, Bosnia’s exciting literary shooting star, Lana Bastašić, tells the story in “Fang den Hasen” of an extraordinary friendship amidst the turmoil of Yugoslavian history.
Fischer Verlag

    Lana Bastašić

    Lana Bastašić
    b. 1986, is a Bosnian writer. She is editor of the Spanish literature magazine Carn de cap and co-founder of 3+3 sisters, a project that promotes writers from the Balkans. She was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2020. Recently published in German: Fang den Hasen, 2021.

    With captivating language between rebellious defiance and biting humour, Bosnia’s exciting literary shooting star, Lana Bastašić, tells the story in “Fang den Hasen” of an extraordinary friendship amidst the turmoil of Yugoslavian history.
    Fischer Verlag

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Mathijs Deen
b. 1962, is a Dutch writer and radio journalist. He published collections of his radio columns, short stories and novels. Recently published in German: Über alte Wege, 2019.
The reader involuntarily joins in with the journeys that his characters embark on – and so, just as the title promises, also along old routes through the history of the continent.
Eva Gaeding, MDR Kultur

    Mathijs Deen


    Mathijs Deen
    b. 1962, is a Dutch writer and radio journalist. He published collections of his radio columns, short stories and novels. Recently published in German: Über alte Wege, 2019.
    The reader involuntarily joins in with the journeys that his characters embark on – and so, just as the title promises, also along old routes through the history of the continent.
    Eva Gaeding, MDR Kultur

  • Erika Fatland
b. 1983, is a Norwegian travel writer. She speaks eight languages; her books about travel have been translated into more than 15 languages and awards include the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize. Recently published in German: Reise zum Himalaya, 2021.
Knowledgeable, precise, clever and subtly reserved, entertaining, balanced and not without the occasional irony – every chapter by this ‘Grenzgänger’, who hasn’t shied away from any travail, is fascinating reading.
Renate Nimtz-Köster, Süddeutsche Zeitung on Die Grenze

    Erika Fatland

    Erika Fatland
    b. 1983, is a Norwegian travel writer. She speaks eight languages; her books about travel have been translated into more than 15 languages and awards include the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize. Recently published in German: Reise zum Himalaya, 2021.
    Knowledgeable, precise, clever and subtly reserved, entertaining, balanced and not without the occasional irony – every chapter by this ‘Grenzgänger’, who hasn’t shied away from any travail, is fascinating reading.
    Renate Nimtz-Köster, Süddeutsche Zeitung on Die Grenze

  • Erik Fosnes Hansen
b. 1965, is a Norwegian writer. He wrote his first novel aged eighteen and, after its publication in 1985, the book became an instant literary hit in Norway. His second book Psalm at Journey’s End already became an international bestseller. His novels have been translated into 30 languages. Recently published in German: Hummerleben, 2019.
Erik Fosnes Hansen narrates with a linguistic elegance that is truly impressive.
WDR Kultur

    Erik Fosnes Hansen

    Erik Fosnes Hansen
    b. 1965, is a Norwegian writer. He wrote his first novel aged eighteen and, after its publication in 1985, the book became an instant literary hit in Norway. His second book Psalm at Journey’s End already became an international bestseller. His novels have been translated into 30 languages. Recently published in German: Hummerleben, 2019.
    Erik Fosnes Hansen narrates with a linguistic elegance that is truly impressive.
    WDR Kultur

  • Peter Frankopan
b. 1971, is a British historian and Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford. Frankopan regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Guardian and the China Daily; his books are international bestsellers. Recently published in German: Die neuen Seidenstraßen, 2019.
Frankopan’s book (about the new Silk Roads) is fascinating … A wake-up call to the West to keep an eye the overall picture in the rapidly changing world, and to unite to continue to have a say in everything that is to play for in the Asian century.
Rolf Brockschmidt, Der Tagesspiegel.

    Peter Frankopan

    Peter Frankopan
    b. 1971, is a British historian and Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford. Frankopan regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Guardian and the China Daily; his books are international bestsellers. Recently published in German: Die neuen Seidenstraßen, 2019.
    Frankopan’s book (about the new Silk Roads) is fascinating … A wake-up call to the West to keep an eye the overall picture in the rapidly changing world, and to unite to continue to have a say in everything that is to play for in the Asian century.
    Rolf Brockschmidt, Der Tagesspiegel.

  • Felicitas Hoppe
b. 1960, is a German writer. Her works are often based on travel experiences, including her journeys around the world on a container ship. She has won numerous prizes, including the Georg Büchner Prize in 2012. She cooperates with artists for individual projects and lectures on poetics in German- and English-speaking countries. Recently published: Nibelungen, 2021.
At a time when talking on one’s own account increasingly dominates literature, Felicitas Hoppes’ sensitive and melancholy storytelling, with a special sense for humour, encircles the secret of identity.
Jury, Georg Büchner Prize

    Felicitas Hoppe

    Felicitas Hoppe
    b. 1960, is a German writer. Her works are often based on travel experiences, including her journeys around the world on a container ship. She has won numerous prizes, including the Georg Büchner Prize in 2012. She cooperates with artists for individual projects and lectures on poetics in German- and English-speaking countries. Recently published: Nibelungen, 2021.
    At a time when talking on one’s own account increasingly dominates literature, Felicitas Hoppes’ sensitive and melancholy storytelling, with a special sense for humour, encircles the secret of identity.
    Jury, Georg Büchner Prize

  • Kapka Kassabova
b. 1973, is a Bulgarian writer and travel journalist, who lives in Scotland. She is a contributor, among others, to The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Vogue. In 2018, she received the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize of the British Academy. Recently published in German: Am See, 2021.
Thrilling like an adventure novel, emotive like a poem and mesmerizing through artful figurative language. There is no more vivid way to explain the world with its joys and suffering, with its beauty and shadows.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Die letzte Grenze

    Kapka Kassabova

    Kapka Kassabova
    b. 1973, is a Bulgarian writer and travel journalist, who lives in Scotland. She is a contributor, among others, to The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Vogue. In 2018, she received the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize of the British Academy. Recently published in German: Am See, 2021.
    Thrilling like an adventure novel, emotive like a poem and mesmerizing through artful figurative language. There is no more vivid way to explain the world with its joys and suffering, with its beauty and shadows.
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Die letzte Grenze

  • Navid Kermani 
b. 1967, is a German writer. A habilitated orientalist, he was a long-term fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. He has won numerous prizes for his academic and literary work and for his active engagement, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature and the German Islam Conference. Recently published: Morgen ist da. Reden, 2019

    Navid Kermani

    Navid Kermani
    b. 1967, is a German writer. A habilitated orientalist, he was a long-term fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. He has won numerous prizes for his academic and literary work and for his active engagement, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature and the German Islam Conference. Recently published: Morgen ist da. Reden, 2019

  • Andrea Marcolongo
b. 1987, is an Italian writer who now lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her first book Warum Altgriechisch genial ist already became an international bestseller. She regularly contributes to La Stampa and La Repubblica. Recently published in German: Das Meer, die Liebe, der Mut aufzubrechen, 2021.
Andrea Marcolongo has an infectious enthusiasm for extinct tenses like aorist, or moods like optative and eventualis, for aspirations and accents as well as the impressive variety of particles that can help to express so many different nuances.
Die Zeit

    Andrea Marcolongo

    Andrea Marcolongo
    b. 1987, is an Italian writer who now lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her first book Warum Altgriechisch genial ist already became an international bestseller. She regularly contributes to La Stampa and La Repubblica. Recently published in German: Das Meer, die Liebe, der Mut aufzubrechen, 2021.
    Andrea Marcolongo has an infectious enthusiasm for extinct tenses like aorist, or moods like optative and eventualis, for aspirations and accents as well as the impressive variety of particles that can help to express so many different nuances.
    Die Zeit

  • Robert Menasse, b. 1954, is an Austrian writer. He has won many awards including the German Book Prize and Carl Zuckmayer-Medal. Recently published: Die Hauptstadt, 2017. 
“Few can write as entertaining and philosophical stories as Robert Menasse.”
Christoph Schröder, Zeit online

    Robert Menasse

    Robert Menasse, b. 1954, is an Austrian writer. He has won many awards including the German Book Prize and Carl Zuckmayer-Medal. Recently published: Die Hauptstadt, 2017.
    “Few can write as entertaining and philosophical stories as Robert Menasse.”
    Christoph Schröder, Zeit online

  • Johny Pitts
b. 1987, is a British writer, photographer, television presenter and journalist. He is co-founder of the online journal Afropean. Adventures in Black Europe. He has won many awards for his work on Afropean identity, including from the European Network Against Racism and the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. Recently published in German: Afropäisch – Eine Reise durch das schwarze Europa, 2021.
This travel reportage raises awareness about the perspectives of black Europeans. In the best case, it promotes a discussion that, in particular, white Europeans still find difficult: namely, about one’s own colonial past and its continuities.
Timo Stukenberg, Deutschlandfunk

    Johny Pitts

    Johny Pitts
    b. 1987, is a British writer, photographer, television presenter and journalist. He is co-founder of the online journal Afropean. Adventures in Black Europe. He has won many awards for his work on Afropean identity, including from the European Network Against Racism and the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. Recently published in German: Afropäisch – Eine Reise durch das schwarze Europa, 2021.
    This travel reportage raises awareness about the perspectives of black Europeans. In the best case, it promotes a discussion that, in particular, white Europeans still find difficult: namely, about one’s own colonial past and its continuities.
    Timo Stukenberg, Deutschlandfunk

  • Robert Prosser
b. 1983, is an Austrian writer. He writes novels, librettos, for theatre and is well known for his literary and musical performances. Curator of Babelsprech, a project to promote young poetry in German-speaking countries. Recently published: Gemma Habibi, 2019.

Prosser writes the portrait of a generation without a compass – across all classes and nationalities.
Doris Kraus, Die Presse

    Robert Prosser

    Robert Prosser
    b. 1983, is an Austrian writer. He writes novels, librettos, for theatre and is well known for his literary and musical performances. Curator of Babelsprech, a project to promote young poetry in German-speaking countries. Recently published: Gemma Habibi, 2019.

    Prosser writes the portrait of a generation without a compass – across all classes and nationalities.
    Doris Kraus, Die Presse

  • Christoph Ransmayr
b. 1954, is an Austrian writer. After spending many years in Ireland and on travels, he now lives again in Vienna. He has won numerous literary awards for his books that were translated into more than thirty languages. Recently published: Der Fallmeister. Eine kurze Geschichte vom Töten, 2021.

Ransmayr recounts expeditions, adventures, journeys and unheard-of events to uncover in them not the unique, but the most general aspect: that nothing is permanent and certainly nothing lasts for ever. 
Hubert Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Christoph Ransmayr

    Christoph Ransmayr
    b. 1954, is an Austrian writer. After spending many years in Ireland and on travels, he now lives again in Vienna. He has won numerous literary awards for his books that were translated into more than thirty languages. Recently published: Der Fallmeister. Eine kurze Geschichte vom Töten, 2021.

    Ransmayr recounts expeditions, adventures, journeys and unheard-of events to uncover in them not the unique, but the most general aspect: that nothing is permanent and certainly nothing lasts for ever.
    Hubert Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • Elisa Shua Dusapin
b. 1992, is a Swiss writer who grew up with her French father and South Korean mother in Paris, Seoul and Porrentruy. She currently lives in Switzerland. She has won several prizes including the Swiss Literature Award. Published in German: Ein Winter in Sokcho, 2018.

Elisa Shua Dusapin has written an enchanting novel full of mirrored reflections about a resistant outer world and an inner world that is difficult to reach. And all of this in a wintry, sparse prose that rarely psychologizes and leaves plenty of free space between the words.
SWR 2

    Elisa Shua Dusapin

    Elisa Shua Dusapin
    b. 1992, is a Swiss writer who grew up with her French father and South Korean mother in Paris, Seoul and Porrentruy. She currently lives in Switzerland. She has won several prizes including the Swiss Literature Award. Published in German: Ein Winter in Sokcho, 2018.

    Elisa Shua Dusapin has written an enchanting novel full of mirrored reflections about a resistant outer world and an inner world that is difficult to reach. And all of this in a wintry, sparse prose that rarely psychologizes and leaves plenty of free space between the words.
    SWR 2

  • Najem Wali 
b. 1956, is an Iraqi writer who lives in Germany. He is a regular contributor to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Die Zeit. He was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for his engagement. Recently published in German: Soad und das Militär, 2021.
“Najem Wali has something that eludes most opponents of the Middle East conflict: empathy and the willingness to see things from the adversary’s viewpoint as well.”
Klara Obermüller, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    Najem Wali

    Najem Wali
    b. 1956, is an Iraqi writer who lives in Germany. He is a regular contributor to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Die Zeit. He was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for his engagement. Recently published in German: Soad und das Militär, 2021.
    “Najem Wali has something that eludes most opponents of the Middle East conflict: empathy and the willingness to see things from the adversary’s viewpoint as well.”
    Klara Obermüller, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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