ilb Jahre: 2003

Paolo Flores D’Arcais

Paolo Flores D’Arcais was born in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy, in 1944. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Adam Smith and Karl Marx, and is now a researcher in the philosophical faculty of La Sapienza University in Rome. He is editor of the magazine ‘MicroMega’ and has also written for

Oskar Pastior

Oskar Pastior was born in Sibiu in the Transylvanian region of Romania in 1927. A member of the minority ethnic German community, he spent five years in a Soviet forced-labour camp after the Second World War before being allowed to return home. From 1955 he studied German Language and Literature

Oscar van den Boogaard

Oscar van den Boogaard was born in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, in 1964. He grew up in the former Dutch colony of Surinam and in the Netherlands. After studying French and Law in Montpellier, Amsterdam, and Brussels, he embarked on a career as lawyer at an international law firm in Brussels.

Olga Schamborant

Olga Schamborant was born in Moscow in 1945. Since completing her studies in Biology at the state university in Moscow in 1969, she has worked at the Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry (RAN). She began writing her first poems in early adolescence, an endeavour that her family did not praise, but

O. V. Vijayan

Guest at the ilb 2003 O. V. Vijayan was born in Palakkad in the southern Indian state of Kerala in 1930. His father was a senior police officer in the Malabar special forces and he grew up in several barracks. Because of his weak health, he did not start school

Notaila Rashed

Notaila Ibrahim Rashed , known as Mama Lobna, was born in 1934 in Cairo, Egypt, and is known as the pioneer of Egyptian children’s literature.  She has not only written numerous children’s books and books for young adults, short stories and contributions for diverse children’s magazines, radio and television shows

Nikos Panajotopoulos

The Greek author Nikos Panajotopoulos was born in Athens in 1963.  While studying Engineering, he was also involved in the theater. After a brief phase as a culture journalist, he started to work as a screenplay writer for television and feature films; he also teaches at a film school in

Nedim Gürsel

Nedim Gürsel was born in Gaziantep, Turkey, in 1951.  He published his first novellas and essays in Turkish literary magazines in the late 60s.  After the coup d’état in 1971, he had to testify in court for one of his articles.  This led to his decision to temporarily reside in

Navid Kermani

Navid Kermani was born in Siegen, Germany in 1967, the fourth son of Iranian parents. He studied Drama, Philosophy, and Oriental Studies in Cologne, Cairo, and Bonn. In an interview, Kermani described his task as an author as »criticism, more precisely self-criticism«, in reference to both European and Islamic culture.

Mohammed Bennis

Mohammed Benniswas born in Fés, Morocco in 1948. His interest in literature, in particular for lyric, developed already at an early age. During his studies at the Department of Philosophy in Fés he began corresponding with the Syrian poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said) who published Bennis’ first poems in 1969.

Miro Gavran

Miro Gavran was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1961 and is one of the most prolific authors of his generation. After completing his degree at the Academy for Theatre, Film and Television, he at first worked as a dramatist between 1986 and 1992, and later as artistic director at the