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Ralf Rothmann

Young Light - Novel

(German title: Junges Licht)
ca. 211 pages
Clothbound
2004
Ralf Rothmann
Foto: Ralf Rothmann
© Heike Steinweg

Ralf Rothmann was born in 1953 in Schleswig and grew up in the Ruhr. He lives in Berlin.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including:

Uwe-Johnson-Prize 2018
Premio San Clemente 2017
Kleist Preis 2017
Friedrich-Hölderlin-Prize 2013
Hans-Fallada-Preis 2008
Literaturpreis der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 2008
Max-Frisch-Preis 2006
Heinrich-Böll-Preis 2005
Wilhelm Raabe Literaturpreis 2004

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About

Ralf Rothmann’s narrative is held in his very own, poignant language which tells us about the last weeks of childhood, a childhood in the German Ruhrgebiet of the Sixties, the stillness of its anguish and the brightness of consolation:

»Once you have gone for freedom, nothing can ever happen to you. Never.«

Praise

»Ralf Rothmann is on his best way to become a classic of German contemporary literature. Such as no other author of his generation, those born around 1950, he masters the art of captivating the aura of a region and its predominant mentality. One of the themes which he cherishes most, although it is not tied to any specific locality or time, is the end of childhood, this enlightened, flickering, seemingly endless stretching phase of transition that ends in a glimpse. We are able to see the beauty of everyday occurrence. Making them visible, this is Ralf Rothmann’s magnificent art.« Hubert Spiegel, FAZ

Other publications

Der Gott jenes Sommers/The God of That Summer (2018)

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Im Frühling sterben/To Die in Spring (2015)

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Feuer brennt nicht/Fire Doesn't Burn (2009)

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Hitze/Heat (2003)

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Milch und Kohle/Milk and Coal (2000)

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