Martin Mosebach

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Martin Mosebach (born 1951) has published novels, stories, and collections of poems, written scripts for several films, opera libretti, theatre and radio plays.

The German Academy for Language and Literature praised him for "combining stylistic splendour with original storytelling that demonstrates a humorous awareness of history."

Among his works translated into English is The Heresy of Formlessness, a collection of essays on the liturgy and its recent reform told from the perspective of a literary writer. It has been published in the United States by Ignatius Press. The book argues for a return to the Tridentine Rite of the Mass, the form of the Roman Rite before the Second Vatican Council, the use of which, in accordance with the Roman Missal of 1962, as made clear by the 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, has never been forbidden.

Other works include The Turkish Woman, The Tremor, The Long Night and Prince of Mist, in which the author examines the motives behind man's eternal search for a meaning.


Martin Mosebach was awarded the Kleist Prize in 2002. In 2007, he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize.


The following is a partial list of publications written by Mosebach:


Short story collections


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