born in 1959 in Stuttgart, is a writer and translator living in Berlin after spending twenty years abroad, in Italy, France and several middle east countries. He has received numerous awards for his literary work, including the Hölderlin-Prize (2015) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Literature Prize (2016). In 2017 he held the Poetics lectures at Frankfurt University. He has translated works by Marcel Proust, Graham Greene, and Paul Bowles.
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