Spearheaded by writers like Daniel Kehlmann and Jenny Erpenbeck, a new generation of German-speaking writers is winning acclaim and recognition in the English-speaking world. Dublin Writers Festival presents three exciting authors whose work is rapidly acquiring an international following.
Patrick Boltshauser was born in St Gallen, Switzerland, and grew up in Schaan, Liechtenstein. His plays have been performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Poland. His novel Rapids, the first part of a trilogy, has just been published in English by Dalkey Archive Press.
Eva Menasse has worked as a journalist for the Austrian news magazine Profil and as a cultural editor for the German newspaper FAZ. Her debut novel Vienna won the Rolf-Heyne Début Prize in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007. Her most recent book Quasikristalle was awarded the Heinrich-Böll-Preis of the City of Cologne in 2013. Steffen Popp has published several volumes of poetry and translated poems by American poet Christian Hawkey. He was nominated for the German Book Award in 2006 and received the Leonce-und-Lena Award in 2011, the most important award for young poets writing in German.
This event is presented in association with the Austrian Embassy Dublin, the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland.