Wilhelm Genazino

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Wilhelm Genazino (born 22 January 1943 in Mannheim[1]) is a German journalist and author.

In the 1960s, he studied German, philosophy and sociology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He worked as a journalist until 1965. During this time, he worked, inter alia, for the satirical magazine Pardon and co-edited the magazine Lesezeichen. Since 1970 he has been working as a freelance author. In 1977 he achieved a breakthrough as a serious writer with his trilogy Abschaffel. In 1990 he became a member of the Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt. After living in Heidelberg for a long time, Genazino moved to Frankfurt in 2004. That same year he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize,[2] the most prestigious award for German literature.

Selected works

  • Laslinstrasse, 1965
  • Abschaffel-Trilogie:
    • Abschaffel, 1977
    • Die Vernichtung der Sorgen, 1978
    • Falsche Jahre, 1979
  • Der Fleck, die Jacke, die Zimmer, der Schmerz, 1989 (The mark, the jacket, the room, the pain)
  • Die Kassiererinnen, 1998 (Road works ahead)
  • Ein Regenschirm für diesen Tag, 2001 (An umbrella for one day)
  • Eine Frau, eine Wohnung, ein Roman, 2003 (A woman, a flat, a novel)
  • Der gedehnte Blick, 2004 (The extended gaze)
  • Die Liebesblödigkeit, 2005 (The love stupidity)
  • Mittelmäßiges Heimweh, 2007 (Moderate homesickness)
  • Wenn wir Tiere wären, 2011 (If we were animals)

In Translation

  • Ein Regenschirm für diesen Tag has been translated into English (by Philip Boehm as The Shoe Tester of Frankfurt, New York: New Directions, 2006), Chinese, French, Italian, Greek and Lithuanian.
  • Eine Frau, eine Wohnung, ein Roman has been translated into French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Hebrew.
  • Translations of works by Wilhelm Genazino have also been published in Greek, Latvian and Russian.



  1. ^ a b "Kleistpreis 2007 an Wilhelm Genazino" (in German). Kleistpreis. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "2004 Wilhelm Genazino" (in German). Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

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