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Michael Wildenhain


Photo: Murat Marijan

Writer in Residence 2006 at the CAGCR

 

Michael Wildenhain was born in West Berlin in 1958 and still lives there with his family. After studying economics, philosophy and computer science, he was involved in the left-wing squatter movement in West Berlin, which provided the material for his first literary texts. He is particularly well known as a writer of prose for young adults. He has taught creative writing at the Literaturinstitut Leipzig. His most recent novel "Das Lächeln der Alligatoren" was shortlisted for the prestigious Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (2015). Wildenhain is a member of the Verband Deutscher Schriftsteller and of the PEN centre Germany.

 

Previous works include:

Prinzenbad. Novel (1987, Rotbuch)

Das Ticken der Steine. Gedichte. Poems (1989, Buch&Media)

Die kalte Haut der Stadt. Novel (1991, Fischer)

Erste Liebe – deutscher Herbst. Novel (1997, Rotbuch)

Russisch Brot. Novel (2005, Klett-Cotta)

Die Schwestern. Novel (2005, dtv)

Träumer des Absoluten. Novel (2008, Klett-Cotta)

Blutsbrüder. Novel (2011, Ravensburger Buchverlag)

Das Lächeln der Alligatoren. Novel (2015, Klett-Cotta)

 

Awards and Prizes:

Wolfgang-Weyrauch-Förderpreis (1987)

Ernst-Willner-Preis auf den 12. Tagen der deutschsprachigen Literatur (1988)

Hans-im-Glück-Preis (1994)

Alfred-Döblin-Preis (1997)

Villa-Massimo-Stipendium (1998)

Autorenstipendium der Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung (1999)

Stadtschreiber zu Rheinsberg (2002)

Stipendium Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia (2005/06)

Alfred-Döblin-Stipendium im Döblin-Haus in Wewelsfleth (2008)

Stipendiat in der Villa Decius, Krakau (2011)

Ver.di-Literaturpreis Berlin-Brandenburg (2012)

Aufenthaltsstipendium im Künstlerhof Schreyahn (2014)

Dresdner Stadtschreiber (2015)

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