Ulf Erdmann Ziegler

Scotland and Other Stories

Ulf Erdmann Ziegler
Foto: Ulf Erdmann Ziegler
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Ulf Erdmann Ziegler was born in 1959 in Neumünster / Holstein. His novel Hamburger Hochbahn earned him Nr. 1 on the SWR-Bestseller List. Ziegler was awarded the Friedrich-Hebbel-Prize in 2008. In 2012, his novel Nothing White, »a new style of realistic narrative« (German Book Prize Jury), was published and was later nominated for the German Book Prize and the Wilhelm Raabe Prize for Literature. Ulf Erdmann Ziegler lives in Frankfurt am Main.

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»Ziegler is a razor-sharp provocateur.« FAZ


For every story that ends, another begins. In Scotland’s Dundee, a female dancer watches the dividing of a nation. In Hamburg, a radicalised animal rights activist goes missing. A Berlin punk finds serenity in music after being wounded, and a young cameraman, tired of his job, becomes an adventurer. At the root of it is a desire for recognition, but recognition wakens other desires.

Here you find everything you look for in Ulf Erdmann Ziegler’s novels: the photographic gaze, the quick rhythm, the interest in the abyss, the empathy for his characters. These short stories are what the sketchbook would be to a painter. The unlikely finds its place there, exaggeration and wit and sensibility. They sketch an image of a restless world and fit together like puzzle pieces in a jigsaw of today’s society.


»If these stories were a novel, it would at the very least be on the shortlist for the German Book Prize. Indeed, Ziegler’s prose is better than some of the ones currently there.« Gerrit Bartels, Der Tagesspiegel

»... written with lucid precision and sardonic humour – this is a crisp description of the interior as well as exterior lives of middle-aged Germans who, though they may have their worries, have not forgotten life.« Der Spiegel

»With these new stories Ulf Erdmann has managed to write something important.« Süddeutsche Zeitung

The author’s gift lies in rooting out the hidden life-dramas of middle-class existence.« Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

»[Ziegler] is not only a literary chameleon who can slip into any role at all with wonderful ease, in his work he connects gentle reserve with a discreet love for storytelling. He constructs his texts like an architect, he possesses the exacting eye of a photographer, and he paints his stories with the translucent sheen of a water-colourist.« Roman Bucheli, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»Scotland and Other Stories: Ulf Erdmann Ziegler’s stories are among the best to have appeared all year.« Dierk Wolters, Frankfurter Neue Presse

»This year there can’t be too many story collections that can compete with Ulf Erdmann Ziegler’s latest. The masterful light-handedness and absolute self-assurance Ziegler brings to his work springs up from nearly all 14 stories in Scotland and Other StoriesSaarbrücker Zeitung

»Ulf Ermann Ziegler shines with [his] new stories.« Strandgut - Das Kulturmagazin