John von Düffel was born in Göttingen in 1966. He grew up in Ireland, the USA and Germany and studied Philosophy at Stirling University in Scotland and in Freiburg im Breisgau. Düffel has worked as theatre and film critic, translator, playwright, and author of radio plays and drama production assistant. He was awarded the Aspekte Literature Prize for his debut novel “Vom Wasser” (1998; t: On water), and later received the Prize “Das neue Buch” and the Nicolas Born Prize. Most of his works revolve around the element of Water, such as his ‘Houweland’ (2004) and ‘Hotel Angst’ (2006).
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