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David Wagner

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David Wagner was born in 1971 and studied General and Comparative Literature in Bonn, Paris and Berlin. He made his debut in the year 2000 with his novel Meine nachtblaue Hose (My Midnight-Blue Trousers). This was followed by his prose volumes Spricht das Kind (Speaks the Child), Vier Äpfel (Four Apples) and Welche Farbe hat Berlin (Berlin Triptych 2014). In his most recently-published novel Leben (2013) (Life), a montage of fiction and autobiography, he tells the story of his liver transplant through 277 miniatures.

Leben was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair prize in 2013 and the Best Foreign Novel of the Year Award 2014 from the People’s Republic of China. In 2014 David Wagner received the first Friedrich Dürrenmatt Professorship for world literature at Bern University. David Wagner lives in Berlin.

Some words about Hausbesuch

What did you take home with you from the 3-4 days?   
"Two full notebooks and plenty of memories. And the desire to visit people’s homes like that more frequently..."  
  David Wagner