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Lutz Seiler

Sundays I Thought About God - Essays

(German title: Sonntags dachte ich an Gott)
ca. 150 pages
Paperback
2004
Lutz Seiler
Foto: Lutz Seiler
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Lutz Seiler was born in 1963 in Gera, Thuringia, and today lives in Wilhelmshorst near Berlin and Stockholm.

He underwent training as a mason and a carpenter and completed his studies in 1990. Since 1997, he has been the literary director and custodian of the Peter Huchel Museum. He has traveled to Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and was writer in residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and at the German Academy in Rome.

His many prizes include the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Bremen Prize for Literature, the Fontane Prize, and the Uwe-Johnson-Prize. For more information, please visit the author's website: https://lutzseiler.de

Prizes and Awards:
1999 Kranichstein Literature Prize
2000 Meran Poetry Prize
2000 Dresden Poetry Prize
2002 Anna Seghers Prize
2003 Ernst Meister Prize
2003 Villa Aurora grant, Los Angeles
2004 Bremen Literature Prize
2005 SWR Best List Prize
2007 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize
2009 Harald Gerlach grant, state of Thuringia
2010 Nomination for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize (for Die Zeitwaage)
2010 German Narrator Prize (for Die Zeitwaage)
2010 City of Neuruppin Fontane Prize (for Die Zeitwaage)
2011 Villa Massimo German Academy grant, Rome
2012 Christian Wagner Prize
2012 Rainer Malkowski Prize (shared)
2014 Mainz Poetic Lectureship
2014 Uwe Johnson Prize (for Kruso)
2014 German Book Prize (for Kruso)
2015 Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize
2015 Heidelberg Poetic Lectureship, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
2017 Thuringia Literature Prize
2020 Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair (for Stern 111)
2020 Kakehashi Prize for Literature, Tokyo (for Kruso)

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About

In »Homelands«, for example, Seiler talks about his native East-Thuringian village and its appearance in poems: origin story as poetology (and vice versa). And almost in passing he voids a term that is iridescent, yet has become problematic, in the plural. Or he flips once more through the pages of his »Dictionary of Vague existence«, compiled to determine the »substances of writing« in a quasi lexicological manner. While searching for the circumstances of the creation of a poem, Seiler moves through contemporary Los Angeles; in the title essay he remembers the conceptions of God of a secularised childhood. In his essays Seiler deals with the conditions of writing, with »the all-encompassing and un-paraphrase-able connection between text and life in the existence of the author«.

Other publications

Stern 111/Star 111 (2020)

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Kruso/Kruso (2014)

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Hörbuch Hamburg), German Entire Radio Reading (NDR), German Book Club (Büchergilde Gutenberg + Club Bertelsmann)

im felderlatein/in field latin (2010)

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Die Zeitwaage/The Time-Balance (2009)

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Turksib/Turksib (2008)

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vierzig kilometer nacht/forty kilometres of night (2003)

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English world rights (And Other Stories)

pech & blende/pech & blende (2000)

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