ilb Jahre: 2003

Tilman Rammstedt

was born in Bielefeld in 1975. He studied Philosophy and Literature. He contributes texts and music in the music and literary group Fön. In addition to his début, »Erledigungen vor der Feier« (2003; tr: Chores before the Celebration), he has published the novels »Wir bleiben in der Nähe« (2005; tr:

Tilman Spengler

Tilman Spengler was born in Oberhausen in 1947. He studied Sinology, Political Science and Modern History in Heidelberg, Taipeh, and Munich. After completing his doctoral studies he initially worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Social Sciences in Starnberg. In the early 80s he taught and

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali was born in Indian Lahore in 1943, a city which was still under British colonial rule before becoming part of Pakistan in 1947. Threatened with years of imprisonment after having organised public demonstrations as part of a student organisation against the military dictatorship, he saw himself forced to

Tatjana Tolstaja

Tatjana Tolstaja was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia, in 1951. She studied Classical Philology in Leningrad. Thereafter she briefly worked as an editor before going to Moscow to work as an author. Her first collection of stories (1987; German “Stelldichein mit einem Vogel,” 1989) was a great literary success

Susan Swan

Susan Swan was born in 1945 in Midland, Ontario, a small town for tourists close to the Great Lakes in Canada.  Her later work was strongly influenced by the years she spent at a girl’s boarding school, where she grew up experiencing the tension between the conservative 50s and the

Stefan Ludmilla Wieszner

Stefan Ludmilla Wieszner was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in 1964. He became a sailor at the age of 19. After four years at sea he decided to study philosophy, theatre and Comparative Literature in Munich, Vienna and Berlin. He wrote his first plays as a student. During the following »theatre

Soti Triantafillou

Soti Triantafillou was born in Athens in 1957.  After studying pharmacology in the Greek capital, she did her doctoral work in Paris at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in the fields of history and history of civilization.  She wrote a Ph.D. in Urban Studies at the University

Shashi Tharoor

The Indian writer and diplomat Shashi Tharoor was born in London in 1956. At the time his father was working for the English language Indian newspaper »The Statesman«. Tharoor studied in India and in the US, where at 22 he received a doctorate in Law and Diplomacy. He then worked

Semezdin Mehmedinovic

Semezdin Mehmedinoviç was born in Kiseljak, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1960.  After studying Comparative Literature and Librarianship in Sarajevo, he worked as an editor for the opposition magazines for young people ‘Lica’ and ‘Valter’. He also did performance art.  He published his first book of poetry ‘Modrac’ in 1984, and his second

Samitha Arni

Samhita Arni , the daughter of a diplomat, was born in Madras, India, in 1984, and grew up in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand. Making lasting friendships was difficult, not only because her family was constantly moving, but also because of the tense political relations between Pakistan and India, which

Ryszard Krynicki

Ryszard Krynicki was born in Sankt Valentin (Wimberg Camp), Lower Austria, in 1943, where his Polish parents had been deported to a forced labor camp. After graduating in Polish studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, he worked as a librarian and editor of the magazine »Student«, which he had