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02/10/2011

Sibylle Lewitscharoff's novel "Blumenberg"

Sibylle Lewitscharoff
: "Blumenberg"

Suhrkamp Verlag

English excerpt


The book: Respected philosopher Hans Blumenberg is leading a quiet, unassuming life of the mind in Münster in the early eighties, when one night he discovers a lion in his study. A student prank? A metaphysical apparition? A prestigious award of some sort? Only Blumenberg can see the animal, and yet he is not alone in falling under its spell. Four of his students are also affected, including the ardent Blumenbergian Gerhard Optatus Baur and the delicate, highly-strung Isa who falls in love with her professor.

The author: Sibylle Lewitscharoff, born in Stuttgart in 1954, lives in Berlin. She has won numerous awards including Marieluise-Fleißer-Prize (2011), Kleist-Prize (2011), Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Apostoloff (2009) and the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Prize (1998)


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