Since 1980 he works as a literary critic and translator in Berlin. Among other Danish writers he translated Per Højholt, Jens Christian Grøndahl and Peter Høeg.
In 2010 he received the Encouragement Award of the Europäischer Übersetzerpreis Offenburg, and most recently, in 2013, the Danish Translators' Prize.
Reemtsma, Jan Philipp
Born in 1952 in Bonn, Reemtsma lives in Hamburg.
Founder of the Institut für Sozialforschung, the Arno Schmidt Stiftung and Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur. Literary scholar and Professor of German literature at the University of Hamburg since 1996.
Reemtsma received several awards, among others the Lessing Preis in 1997, Teddy Kollek Prize in 2007 and Schillerpreis in 2010.
Since 2004 he has been organising the annual international prose festival “Days of European Literature in Šiauliai”, since 2013 also an international festival for youth literature. In 2008, he was awarded the Culture and Art Prize of the town of Šiauliai, in 2009, he received the St. Jeronimus Prize.
Uwe Johnson (1934–1984), born in Cammin (nowadays Poland), grew up in the small town of Anklam in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. At the end of World War II, his father, who had joined the Nazi Party in 1940, disappeared into a Soviet camp; he was declared dead in 1948. Johnson and his mother remained in Communist East Germany until his mother left for the West in 1956, after which Johnson was barred from regular employment. In 1959, shortly before the publication of his first novel, Speculations About Jakob, in West Germany, he emigrated to West Berlin by streetcar, leaving the East behind for good. Other novels, The Third Book About Achim, An Absence, and Two Views, followed in quick succession. A member of the legendary Gruppe 47, Johnson lived from 1966 until 1968 with his wife and daughter in New York, compiling a high-school anthology of postwar German literature. On Tuesday, April 18, 1967, at 5:30 p.m., as he later recounted the story, he saw Gesine Cresspahl, a character from his earlier works, walking on the south side of Forty-Second Street from Fifth to Sixth Avenue alongside Bryant Park; he asked what she was doing in New York and eventually convinced her to let him write his next novel about a year in her life. Anniversaries was published in four installments—in 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1983—and was quickly recognized in Germany as one of the great novels of the century. In 1974, Johnson left Germany for the isolation of Sheerness-on-Sea, England, where he struggled through health and personal problems to finish his magnum opus. He died at age forty-nine, shortly after it was published.
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