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Christoph Hein

Horn's End - Novel

(German title: Horns Ende)
ca. 272 pages
Paperback
1985
Christoph Hein
Foto: Christoph Hein
© Heike Steinweg

Born in 1944, Christoph Hein lives in Berlin. He has written novels, novellas, short stories, plays, essays and children’s books. His most recent novels were on the Spiegel bestseller list for weeks. His recent awards include the 2019 Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater), the 2019 Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize and the 2017 Grimmelshausen Prize.

Awards (selection):
2019: Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater)
2019: Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize
2017: Grimmelshausen Literature Prize
2013: Stefan Heym Prize
2012: Uwe Johnson Prize
2010: Eichendorff Literature Prize
2008: Walter Hasenclever Literature Prize
2004: Schiller Memorial Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2002: Austrian State Prize for European Literature
2000: Solothurner Literature Prize
1998: Peter Weiss Prize of the City of Bochum
1994: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990: Erich Fried Prize (Vienna)
1983: Deutscher Kritikerpreis

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Thomas was almost a child still at the time, but he remembers the events in sleepy bad Guldenberg in the summer of 1957 very well: how he started working for the gypsies and was punished for it by his father, the pharmacist, and how he experienced his first, shy love for Elske. But others remember as well: Mayor Kruschkatz, Dr Spodeck, the old-established doctor, and gentle Gertrude Fischlinger, the grocer’s wife. And then there is also Marlene, who survived the fascist terror only because her mother sacrificed herself for her. They all contribute their part to remembering that summer when gypsies set up their camp in the middle of town, when an investigative commission was sent by the regional council and Horn took his own life. »A masterful novel,« stated Hans Ulrich Probst in his laudatory speech on the occasion of the Solothurner Prize for Literature in 2000, »that I consider one of the most important books in forty years of GDR literature.«

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Guldenberg/Guldenberg (2021)

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Verwirrnis/Befuddlement (2018)

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Trutz/Trutz (2017)

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Glückskind mit Vater/Portrait of a Son With Father (2016)

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In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten/In his early childhood, a garden (2005)

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Mama ist gegangen/Mama Has Gone (2005)

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Landnahme/Settlement (2004)

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Der Tangospieler/The Tango Player (1989)

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Der fremde Freund. Drachenblut/The Distant Lover (1982)

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