Authors 2020

  • Sjón, b. 1963, is an Icelandic writer and artist. He became famous for his song lyrics for Björk, in particular for Lars von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark. He was a member of the Surrealism, Punk, Dada and Poetry performance group, Medúsa. Sjón lived for several years in England and The Netherlands, before returning to Reykjavík. He received the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his novel The Blue Fox. Latest publication in German: CoDex 1962, 2020.
“Nobody combines head and heart more poetically than SJÓN.”
BJÖRK

    Sjón

    Sjón, b. 1963, is an Icelandic writer and artist. He became famous for his song lyrics for Björk, in particular for Lars von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark. He was a member of the Surrealism, Punk, Dada and Poetry performance group, Medúsa. Sjón lived for several years in England and The Netherlands, before returning to Reykjavík. He received the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his novel The Blue Fox. Latest publication in German: CoDex 1962, 2020.
    “Nobody combines head and heart more poetically than SJÓN.”
    BJÖRK

  • Fabio Andina, b. 1972, is a Swiss writer. He studied film theory and screenwriting in San Francisco; he currently lives in Ticino. Published in German: Tage mit Felice, 2020.
“What have the days done with the narrator? We don’t find out. And what about us? What is essential? Enough to eat, a warm dwelling, some company, a book?”
Katja Lückert, Deutschlandfunk

    Fabio Andina

    Fabio Andina, b. 1972, is a Swiss writer. He studied film theory and screenwriting in San Francisco; he currently lives in Ticino. Published in German: Tage mit Felice, 2020.
    “What have the days done with the narrator? We don’t find out. And what about us? What is essential? Enough to eat, a warm dwelling, some company, a book?”
    Katja Lückert, Deutschlandfunk

  • Peter Balko, b. 1988 in Lučenec/Lošonc, is a Slovakian writer. He is well-known as a screenplay writer and has won many awards for his debut novel. Published in German: Zusammen sind wir unbesiegbar, 2020.
“Myths and cheeky children’s pranks, sadistic Nazis and his grandparent’s love story – it’s impressive how Peter Balko interweaves the most diverse set pieces as building blocks for his Slovakian Macondo.”
Wolfgang Popp, Ö1 Kulturjournal

    Peter Balko

    Peter Balko, b. 1988 in Lučenec/Lošonc, is a Slovakian writer. He is well-known as a screenplay writer and has won many awards for his debut novel. Published in German: Zusammen sind wir unbesiegbar, 2020.
    “Myths and cheeky children’s pranks, sadistic Nazis and his grandparent’s love story – it’s impressive how Peter Balko interweaves the most diverse set pieces as building blocks for his Slovakian Macondo.”
    Wolfgang Popp, Ö1 Kulturjournal

  • Polly Clark, b. 1978 in Toronto, is a British-Canadian writer who writes on a house boat in London. She worked as a zookeeper and travelled to the Russian taiga for her novel Tiger. Published in German: Tiger, 2020.
“… Clark writes with a poet’s ear and a naturalist’s eye, and has a deep grasp of the profound contract between indigenous peoples and the beasts they revere. She never loses sight of the endangered creature that forms the beating heart of a passionate, remarkable and uplifting novel.”
The Guardian

    Polly Clark

    Polly Clark, b. 1978 in Toronto, is a British-Canadian writer who writes on a house boat in London. She worked as a zookeeper and travelled to the Russian taiga for her novel Tiger. Published in German: Tiger, 2020.
    “… Clark writes with a poet’s ear and a naturalist’s eye, and has a deep grasp of the profound contract between indigenous peoples and the beasts they revere. She never loses sight of the endangered creature that forms the beating heart of a passionate, remarkable and uplifting novel.”
    The Guardian

  • Daniela Emminger, b. 1975, is an Austrian writer. She was a copywriter in Hamburg and Berlin and an editor in Lithuania and Latvia. She lived in the Kyrgyzstan steppe for her latest novel. Recently published: Kafka mit Flügeln, 2018.
“Daniela Emminger is one of the most original voices of contemporary Austrian literature, changeable, grotesque and language-crazy.”
Sebastian Fasthuber, Die Tageszeitung

    Daniela Emminger

    Daniela Emminger, b. 1975, is an Austrian writer. She was a copywriter in Hamburg and Berlin and an editor in Lithuania and Latvia. She lived in the Kyrgyzstan steppe for her latest novel. Recently published: Kafka mit Flügeln, 2018.
    “Daniela Emminger is one of the most original voices of contemporary Austrian literature, changeable, grotesque and language-crazy.”
    Sebastian Fasthuber, Die Tageszeitung

  • Petina Gappah, b. 1971, is a Zimbabwean lawyer and author who writes in English. She studied law at the University of Zimbabwe, University of Cambridge and achieved her doctorate at Graz University. She works as a lawyer and journalist in Geneva. In 2009 Gappah published An Elegy for Easterly, a volume of short stories that was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and received the Guardian First Book Award.

Petina Gappah, geb. 1971, ist eine simbabwische Juristin und Autorin, die in englischer Sprache schreibt. Sie studierte Rechtswissenschaften an der University of Zimbabwe, der University of Cambridge und promovierte an der Universität Graz. Sie arbeitet als Juristin und Journalistin in Genf. Gappah veröffentlichte 2009 mit An Elegy for Easterly einen Band mit Kurzgeschichten, der für den Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award nominiert wurde und den Guardian First Book Award erhielt.

    Petina Gappah

    Petina Gappah, b. 1971, is a Zimbabwean lawyer and author who writes in English. She studied law at the University of Zimbabwe, University of Cambridge and achieved her doctorate at Graz University. She works as a lawyer and journalist in Geneva. In 2009 Gappah published An Elegy for Easterly, a volume of short stories that was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and received the Guardian First Book Award.

    Petina Gappah, geb. 1971, ist eine simbabwische Juristin und Autorin, die in englischer Sprache schreibt. Sie studierte Rechtswissenschaften an der University of Zimbabwe, der University of Cambridge und promovierte an der Universität Graz. Sie arbeitet als Juristin und Journalistin in Genf. Gappah veröffentlichte 2009 mit An Elegy for Easterly einen Band mit Kurzgeschichten, der für den Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award nominiert wurde und den Guardian First Book Award erhielt.

  • Olga Grjasnowa, b. 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan, is a German writer. She grew up in the Caucasus and spent longer sojourns in Poland, Russia, Israel and Turkey. She studied dance studies in Berlin, where she currently lives. Recently published: Der verlorene Sohn, 2020.
“Olga Grjasnowa has written THE novel of the times, well informed, surprisingly light-footed and thrilling.”
RBB Inforadio

    Olga Grjasnowa

    Olga Grjasnowa, b. 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan, is a German writer. She grew up in the Caucasus and spent longer sojourns in Poland, Russia, Israel and Turkey. She studied dance studies in Berlin, where she currently lives. Recently published: Der verlorene Sohn, 2020.
    “Olga Grjasnowa has written THE novel of the times, well informed, surprisingly light-footed and thrilling.”
    RBB Inforadio

  • A.L. Kennedy. In autumn 2015, the Scottish writer and winner of the Austrian State Prize for European Literature publishes her new book with Hanser Verlag. Kennedy is among the most renowned European contemporary female writers, a committed publicist as well as anti-war campaigner.

A. L. Kennedy. Im Herbst 2015 veröffentlicht die schottische Schriftstellerin und Gewinnerin des Österreichischen Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur ihr neues Buch beim Hanser Verlag. Kennedy zählt zu den bekanntesten zeitgenössischen europäischen Schriftstellerinnen. Sie ist eine engagierte Publizistin und Friedensaktivistin.

Participant of the European Literature Days 2015. 
Teilnehmerin der Europäischen Literaturtage 2015.

    A.L. Kennedy

    A.L. Kennedy. In autumn 2015, the Scottish writer and winner of the Austrian State Prize for European Literature publishes her new book with Hanser Verlag. Kennedy is among the most renowned European contemporary female writers, a committed publicist as well as anti-war campaigner.

    A. L. Kennedy. Im Herbst 2015 veröffentlicht die schottische Schriftstellerin und Gewinnerin des Österreichischen Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur ihr neues Buch beim Hanser Verlag. Kennedy zählt zu den bekanntesten zeitgenössischen europäischen Schriftstellerinnen. Sie ist eine engagierte Publizistin und Friedensaktivistin.

    Participant of the European Literature Days 2015.
    Teilnehmerin der Europäischen Literaturtage 2015.

  • Robert Menasse, b. 1954, is an Austrian novelist and essayist. He studied German Studies, philosophy and political science and taught at the University of São Paulo/ Brazil. Numerous literary prizes. Most recently, his widely acclaimed essay Der Europäische Landbote (2012) won the Friedrich Ebert Prize and Heinrich Mann Prize and lately the Prix du Livre Européen.

Robert Menasse, geb. 1954, ist ein österreichischer Romancier und Essayist. Er studierte Germanistik, Philosophie und Politikwissenschaft und lehrte an der Universität São Paulo/Brasilien. Er erhielt zahlreiche Auszeichnungen. Zuletzt ist sein viel diskutierter Essay Der Europäische Landbote (2012) erschienen, für den er u.a. den Friedrich- Ebert-Preis und den Heinrich-Mann-Preis und zuletzt den Prix du Livre Européen erhielt.

    Robert Menasse

    Robert Menasse, b. 1954, is an Austrian novelist and essayist. He studied German Studies, philosophy and political science and taught at the University of São Paulo/ Brazil. Numerous literary prizes. Most recently, his widely acclaimed essay Der Europäische Landbote (2012) won the Friedrich Ebert Prize and Heinrich Mann Prize and lately the Prix du Livre Européen.

    Robert Menasse, geb. 1954, ist ein österreichischer Romancier und Essayist. Er studierte Germanistik, Philosophie und Politikwissenschaft und lehrte an der Universität São Paulo/Brasilien. Er erhielt zahlreiche Auszeichnungen. Zuletzt ist sein viel diskutierter Essay Der Europäische Landbote (2012) erschienen, für den er u.a. den Friedrich- Ebert-Preis und den Heinrich-Mann-Preis und zuletzt den Prix du Livre Européen erhielt.

  • Anna Ospelt, b. 1987, is a Liechtensteiner writer. She studied sociology and media studies in Basel. She lives in Vaduz. Recently published: Wurzelstudien, 2020.
“Anna Ospelt’s perception of nature focuses on filigree detail and alternately expands the view to the metaphorical horizon. Her book does justice to the title. Her studies collect material for something bigger, maybe a novel that is hinted at in this book.”
Beat Mazenauer,  Viceversa Literatur

    Anna Ospelt

    Anna Ospelt, b. 1987, is a Liechtensteiner writer. She studied sociology and media studies in Basel. She lives in Vaduz. Recently published: Wurzelstudien, 2020.
    “Anna Ospelt’s perception of nature focuses on filigree detail and alternately expands the view to the metaphorical horizon. Her book does justice to the title. Her studies collect material for something bigger, maybe a novel that is hinted at in this book.”
    Beat Mazenauer, Viceversa Literatur

  • 
Matthias Politycki, geb. 1955, ist ein deutscher Schriftsteller. Er promovierte an der Münchner Uni über Nietzsche; sein Werk – Romane, Erzählungen, Gedicht- und Essaybände – erscheint seit 2001 im Verlag Hoffmann und Campe. Etwa die Hälfte des Jahres verbringt er auf Reisen, ansonsten lebt er in Hamburg und München. 

Matthias Politycki, b. 1955, is a German writer. He was awarded a PhD on Nietzsche at Munich University; his literary work – novels, short stories, poetry and essay editions – have been published since 2001 by Hoffmann und Campe. He devotes about half the year to travel, otherwise he lives in Hamburg and Munich.

    Matthias Politycki


    Matthias Politycki, geb. 1955, ist ein deutscher Schriftsteller. Er promovierte an der Münchner Uni über Nietzsche; sein Werk – Romane, Erzählungen, Gedicht- und Essaybände – erscheint seit 2001 im Verlag Hoffmann und Campe. Etwa die Hälfte des Jahres verbringt er auf Reisen, ansonsten lebt er in Hamburg und München.

    Matthias Politycki, b. 1955, is a German writer. He was awarded a PhD on Nietzsche at Munich University; his literary work – novels, short stories, poetry and essay editions – have been published since 2001 by Hoffmann und Campe. He devotes about half the year to travel, otherwise he lives in Hamburg and Munich.

  • Edo Popović, b. 1957, is a Croatian writer. He was co-founder of one of the most influential underground literary magazines in former Yugoslavia. He became a war reporter from 1991 to 1995. His novel Mitternachtsboogie became the cult book of a generation. Recently published in German: Anleitung zum Gehen, 2015.
“Edo Popović faces up to the world that he lives in in his book ‘Anleitung zum Gehen’. It is a critical reflection about time, mankind and nature.”
Ralph Gerstenberg, Deutschlandfunk

    Edo Popović

    Edo Popović, b. 1957, is a Croatian writer. He was co-founder of one of the most influential underground literary magazines in former Yugoslavia. He became a war reporter from 1991 to 1995. His novel Mitternachtsboogie became the cult book of a generation. Recently published in German: Anleitung zum Gehen, 2015.
    “Edo Popović faces up to the world that he lives in in his book ‘Anleitung zum Gehen’. It is a critical reflection about time, mankind and nature.”
    Ralph Gerstenberg, Deutschlandfunk

  • Gergely Péterfy, b. 1966, is a Hungarian writer. His novel about Angelo Soliman was recently one of the bestselling titles on the Hungarian book market. Recently published in German: Der ausgestopfte Barbar, 2016. (English: The Stuffed Barbarian)
“A challenging, painful, but breathtaking novel.”
Helmuth Schönauer on Der ausgestopfte Barbar

    Gergely Péterfy

    Gergely Péterfy, b. 1966, is a Hungarian writer. His novel about Angelo Soliman was recently one of the bestselling titles on the Hungarian book market. Recently published in German: Der ausgestopfte Barbar, 2016. (English: The Stuffed Barbarian)
    “A challenging, painful, but breathtaking novel.”
    Helmuth Schönauer on Der ausgestopfte Barbar

  • Dan Richards, b. 1982, is a British writer who has been on expeditions on the trail of mountaineers and the great names in nature writing. He is the author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane) and Climbing Days. Recently published: Outpost, A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth, 2020.
“There is a special magic in Richards’ nature descriptions … He has written a fine meditation on our search for spaces that let us find something unexpected in us about ourselves and allow us to develop a new relationship to the natural world.”

    Dan Richards

    Dan Richards, b. 1982, is a British writer who has been on expeditions on the trail of mountaineers and the great names in nature writing. He is the author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane) and Climbing Days. Recently published: Outpost, A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth, 2020.
    “There is a special magic in Richards’ nature descriptions … He has written a fine meditation on our search for spaces that let us find something unexpected in us about ourselves and allow us to develop a new relationship to the natural world.”

  • Filip Springer, b. 1982, is a Polish writer and photographer. He publishes in various Polish magazines. His debut Miedzianka: Story of Disappearing was shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage. Published in German: Kupferberg, 2020.
“Filip Springer has unearthed Kupferberg/Miedzianka by means of reportage. He lets the small town, established in the 13th century, re-emerge with great intensity. What has emerged is the precise, laconic story of a disappearance.”
Cord Aschenbrenner, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    Filip Springer

    Filip Springer, b. 1982, is a Polish writer and photographer. He publishes in various Polish magazines. His debut Miedzianka: Story of Disappearing was shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage. Published in German: Kupferberg, 2020.
    “Filip Springer has unearthed Kupferberg/Miedzianka by means of reportage. He lets the small town, established in the 13th century, re-emerge with great intensity. What has emerged is the precise, laconic story of a disappearance.”
    Cord Aschenbrenner, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

  • Michael Stavarič, b. 1972 in Brno, Czech Republic, is an Austrian writer. He studied Czech studies and journalism and was a lecturer for inline skating at the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports of the University of Vienna. Recently published: Fremdes Licht, 2020.
“Cryogenic sleep, Fridtjof Nansen and the world exhibition in Chicago: the Austrian-Czech writer Michael Stavarič has created a literary goodie bag.”
Linda Stift, Die Presse

    Michael Stavarič

    Michael Stavarič, b. 1972 in Brno, Czech Republic, is an Austrian writer. He studied Czech studies and journalism and was a lecturer for inline skating at the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports of the University of Vienna. Recently published: Fremdes Licht, 2020.
    “Cryogenic sleep, Fridtjof Nansen and the world exhibition in Chicago: the Austrian-Czech writer Michael Stavarič has created a literary goodie bag.”
    Linda Stift, Die Presse

  • Andreas Weber, b. 1967, is a German biologist, bio-semiotician, philosopher and publicist. He teaches at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and writes, among others, for GEO, National Geographic and DIE ZEIT. Recently published: Indigenialität, 2018.
“Weber’s book is the convincing counterpart to biology, which subordinates nature to the ubiquitous efficiency-mentality, that only feigns objectivity.”
Frank Kaspar, WDR 3

    Andreas Weber

    Andreas Weber, b. 1967, is a German biologist, bio-semiotician, philosopher and publicist. He teaches at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and writes, among others, for GEO, National Geographic and DIE ZEIT. Recently published: Indigenialität, 2018.
    “Weber’s book is the convincing counterpart to biology, which subordinates nature to the ubiquitous efficiency-mentality, that only feigns objectivity.”
    Frank Kaspar, WDR 3

  • Miek Zwamborn, b. 1974, is a Dutch writer, translator and artist. She worked as a lock keeper; she walks in the mountains and currently lives on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Recently published in German: Algen (ed. Judith Schalansky), 2018.
“In her impressive novel ‘Wir sehen uns am Ende der Welt’, Miek Zwamborn successfully creates touching and very precise pictures of a search for clues in which everything is connected with everything else and even the smallest changes are significant.”
Martin Zingg, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    Miek Zwamborn

    Miek Zwamborn, b. 1974, is a Dutch writer, translator and artist. She worked as a lock keeper; she walks in the mountains and currently lives on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Recently published in German: Algen (ed. Judith Schalansky), 2018.
    “In her impressive novel ‘Wir sehen uns am Ende der Welt’, Miek Zwamborn successfully creates touching and very precise pictures of a search for clues in which everything is connected with everything else and even the smallest changes are significant.”
    Martin Zingg, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

  • Ariadne von Schirach, b. 1978, is a German writer and philosopher. She teaches philosophy and Chinese thought at the Berlin University of the Arts, Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and the Danube University Krems. Recently published: Die psychotische Gesellschaft. Wie wir Angst und Ohnmacht überwinden, 2019.
“‘The Psychotic Society’ by Ariadne von Schirach is a fascinating and smart analysis of our commercialized society and at the same time a passionate plea for a different approach to nature, humanity and love.”
Kolibri Magazin

    Ariadne von Schirach

    Ariadne von Schirach, b. 1978, is a German writer and philosopher. She teaches philosophy and Chinese thought at the Berlin University of the Arts, Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and the Danube University Krems. Recently published: Die psychotische Gesellschaft. Wie wir Angst und Ohnmacht überwinden, 2019.
    “‘The Psychotic Society’ by Ariadne von Schirach is a fascinating and smart analysis of our commercialized society and at the same time a passionate plea for a different approach to nature, humanity and love.”
    Kolibri Magazin

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