• Die Initiativgruppe: Tilman Spengler, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Antje Rávic Strubel, Mely Kiyak, Nicol Ljubic

Antje Rávic Strubel

Antje Rávic Strubel © Zaia Alexander

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Antje Rávic Strubel, b. 1974 in Potsdam, apprenticed as a bookseller before studying German literature, American Studies and Psychology at the University of Potsdam and New York University.

Her first novel, Offene Blende (tr.: Open shutter) was published in 2001; that same year she won the Ernst Willner Prize at the Klagenfurt Literature Festival. For her novel Tupolev 134, Antje Rávic Strubel was awarded the Marburg Literature Prize and the Bremen Literature Prize (2005). Kältere Schichten der Luft (tr.: Colder layers of air, 2007) was shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Fair Award and was awarded the Hermann Hesse Prize and the Rheingau Literature Prize. Her novel Sturz der Tage in die Nacht (tr.: When days fall into night, 2011) was nominated for the German Book Prize. Other works include the travel essay book Gebrauchsanweisung für Potsdam und Brandenburg (2012) and her recently published episodic novel In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens (tr.: The woods of the human heart, 2016). Antje Rávic Strubel has written countless essays, and has translated essays by Joan Didion, as well as her last two bestsellers. She has most recently translated the collected short stories of Lucia Berlin into German.


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