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Hans Weingartz
 Friedrich Christian Delius

Friedrich Christian Delius, born in Rome in 1943, grew up in Wehrda and Korbach, Germany. In 1963 he began studying German Literature at the Free University and the Technical University in Berlin, graduating in 1970. From 1970 to 1978 he worked as a literary editor at the publishing houses of Klaus Wagenbach and Rotbuch. He successfully weathered the suits which Siemens AG and Helmut Horten brought against his writings. Delius has been living as a freelance writer in Berlin and Rome since 1978. He is a member of the Freien Akademie Hamburg, the Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung and the Akademie der Künste Berlin.

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featured books:
My Year as a Murderer
The Woman for Whom I Invented the Computer.

Awards (selection):

  • 1967 Berlin Art Prize Young Generation/Literature
  • 1971/72 Villa Massimo grant, Rome
  • 1974 “Literarische Hefte” Annual Prize, Munich
  • 1984 The “Lesezeichen” magazine’s Prize for Poetry and Politics, Frankfurt
  • 1986 Travel grant for New York from the Deutscher Literaturfonds
  • 1989 Gerrit Engelke Prize, Hanover
  • 1997 Urban Scribe Prize, Mainz
  • 2001 Daimler-Chrysler grant from the Casa di Goethe, Rome
  • 2002 Samuel Bogumil Linde Prize (with Andrej Stasiuk), Göttingen and Torun/Polen
  • 2004 Walter Hasenclever Prize, Aachen
  • 2004 Fontane Prize, Neuruppin
  • 2007 Schubart Literature Prize from the city of Aalen
  • 2007 Critics Prize awarded by the Association of German critics, Berlin
  • 2007 Joseph-Breitbach-Award
  • 2008 Resident Writer Award Bergen-Enkheim.
  • 2009 Evangelical Book Award for "Bildnis der Mutter als junge Frau" ("Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman").

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