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Christoph Hein

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Christoph Hein
Foto: Christoph Hein
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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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About

A political scandal erupts when a terrorist wanted throughout, Oliver Zureck, is fatally wounded in an exchange with border guards and the official report of suicide does not correspond to the eyewitness statements.

When the case gets heavy publicity the effects are far-reaching; the Minister of the Interior resigns and the Attorney General is forced into early retirement. Yet for all the fuss, the case is closed within a few months.

Oliver’s father, however, grows suspicious of the authorities and becomes determined to discover the truth about the death, or possible murder, of his son. Having lived a simple and quiet life with his wife, he had never been able to understand his son’s views and actions, but the former high school principal soon finds himself bent on one thing and one thing only: justice. In his search, he attempts at last to understand his son’s motivation for submerging into the political underground, and begins to uncover what happened on that fateful day when Oliver lost his life.

With concision and force, Christopher Hein relates the tale of a father who sets out to follow the trail of his son and finds himself embarking on a journey that reaches to the core of his beliefs, forcing him to reconsider what had once been sacrosanct.

Praise

»Hein’s recent novels Willenbrock and Settlement cemented his status as one of the most important authors now working in Germany. His latest novel is on a more modest scale, focusing on a smaller section of reality, but not without asking the big questions. The result is thoroughly compelling. « Rheinischer Merkur

Other publications

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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Weiskerns Nachlass/Weiskern's Legacy (2011)

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Frau Paula Trousseau/Ms. Paula Trousseau (2007)

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Mama ist gegangen/Mama Has Gone (2005)

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Landnahme/Settlement (2004)

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Willenbrock/Willenbrock (2000)

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Von allem Anfang an/Von allem Anfang an (1997)

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Der Tangospieler/The Tango Player (1989)

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Horns Ende/Horn's End (1985)

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

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