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Jörg Fauser

Jörg Fauser

Jörg Fauser (1944 – 1987) was born near Frankfurt am Main. After dropping out of university, he spent some years living in Istanbul and London, making a living in office jobs, as an airport worker and night watchman, among other things. In 1974, he switched to writing. His novels, poems, newspaper articles and short stories occupy an exceptional position in German literature. Jörg Fauser died in an accident on a motorway near Munich on the night after his birthday.

»At first, I didn’t want to become a professional writer, I just wanted to write. I imagined a normal existence while producing a few eternal things on the side.«
Jörg Fauser

Awards
  • Postum Friedrich-Glauser-Preis auf der Criminale, 1988
Movie Adaptations
  • , Christoph Rüter, 2006
  • Das Frankfurter Kreuz, Romuald Karmakar, 1998
  • Der Schneemann. Kokain ist sein Geschäft, Peter F. Bringmann, 1985
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»To this day, Fauser has remained a subcultural hero . . .«

Peter Henning / Die Zeit, Hamburg

»Hard-hitting on the attack, with tender fervour in adoration, always operating along the ravages of time.«

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»Whatever he wrote left its mark.«

Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»When has an author, before or after, ever taken such a euphoric and existential position as a writer?«

Volker Weidermann / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»There are moments of sardonic humour as he plumbs the depths of human desperation and degradation.«

The Sunday Telegraph, London

»His books are documents of the will to survive. There are masterpieces in his rich oeuvre. Those who find them, think: This is what it is really like, life. That is the greatest compliment you can make to literature.«

Philipp Holstein / Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf

»An unforgotten pioneer of pop literature.«

Christoph Sator / Mannheimer Morgen

»Jörg Fauser was a crosser of borders and a driven man, his style similarly breathless and feverish as his spurt of life between dropout and drug tourist, city magazine and prose, popular and high culture.«

Hendrik Werner / Die Welt, Berlin

»Like almost no one else, Fauser had a talent for linking coarse realism and poetry.«

Volkhard App / NDR1, Hanover

»The Clint Eastwood of German literature.«

Franz Dobler / (German author)

»I think Fauser is a genius!«

Lars Eidinger / (German actor)

»Full of integrity, believable and always at the top of his game, Jörg Fauser remained true to two artistic principles: ›Every well-told story is a thriller‹ and ›Good entertainment is about taking a certain stance‹.«

D.B. Blettenberg / (German author)

»They [Fauser’s texts] remain amongst the best long-form journalism written in the German language over the last fifty years. [. . .] to read Fauser is to explore the soul of the old Federal Republic. [. . .] Fauser [. . .] composes his texts with the drive and furor of the language-obsessed desperado [. . .]«

Peter Henning / Aargauer Zeitung

»Just like you always return to Chandler in American literature, you should refer to Fauser time and again in German literature. It helps to survive.«

Stefan Maelck / mdr2, Halle/Saale

»The future of the German-language crime novel truly began with The Snowman and The Snake Mouth, far away from the so-called socio-crime novels emulating the Beck series by the Swedish writing team Sjöwall/Wahlöö«

Friedrich Ani / (German author)

»No other German writer captured the dark – and therefore authentic – soul of the Federal Republic better than the underground-highbrow wordsmith Jörg Fauser.«

Berliner Zeitung

»The literary industry may sing the praises of book after book, but the writing of Jörg Fauser, who received neither awards nor grants during his lifetime, will outlive many of them.«

Franz Dobler / BR2 Kultur, Munich

»Stylistically speaking, his novel Raw Material seems more fitting to the present day than to 1984.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»The literary element in Fauser’s writing was rooted in his ability to condense reality and, in the process, build uncompromisingly upon his own experiences.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»This author is a walking contradiction, but his timeless tone makes his work feel absolutely contemporary.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»Reading Fauser is an experience, even today. [. . .] By reading Fauser, you not only discover more about the colourful – and increasingly so – Federal Republic, but also about life itself.«

Martin Oehlen / Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

»He had something of the beatnik about him, but also an element of aristocratic Englishness. [. . .] You’ll be amazed at how fresh his writing feels.«

Michael Köhlmeier / rbb, Berlin

»His texts convey so much about the reality of West German life in the 1970s and 1980s.«

Dunja Welke / rbb, Berlin

»Jörg Fauser is a cult writer and hidden gem rolled into one.«

Stefan Kister / Stuttgarter Zeitung

»Fauser’s long-ago present day seems to always be responding to the current present day, and vice versa.«

Katja Kullman / taz, Berlin

»To this day, Fauser has remained a subcultural hero . . .«

Peter Henning / Die Zeit, Hamburg

»Hard-hitting on the attack, with tender fervour in adoration, always operating along the ravages of time.«

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»Whatever he wrote left its mark.«

Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»When has an author, before or after, ever taken such a euphoric and existential position as a writer?«

Volker Weidermann / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»There are moments of sardonic humour as he plumbs the depths of human desperation and degradation.«

The Sunday Telegraph, London

»His books are documents of the will to survive. There are masterpieces in his rich oeuvre. Those who find them, think: This is what it is really like, life. That is the greatest compliment you can make to literature.«

Philipp Holstein / Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf

»An unforgotten pioneer of pop literature.«

Christoph Sator / Mannheimer Morgen

»Jörg Fauser was a crosser of borders and a driven man, his style similarly breathless and feverish as his spurt of life between dropout and drug tourist, city magazine and prose, popular and high culture.«

Hendrik Werner / Die Welt, Berlin

»Like almost no one else, Fauser had a talent for linking coarse realism and poetry.«

Volkhard App / NDR1, Hanover

»The Clint Eastwood of German literature.«

Franz Dobler / (German author)

»I think Fauser is a genius!«

Lars Eidinger / (German actor)

»Full of integrity, believable and always at the top of his game, Jörg Fauser remained true to two artistic principles: ›Every well-told story is a thriller‹ and ›Good entertainment is about taking a certain stance‹.«

D.B. Blettenberg / (German author)

»They [Fauser’s texts] remain amongst the best long-form journalism written in the German language over the last fifty years. [. . .] to read Fauser is to explore the soul of the old Federal Republic. [. . .] Fauser [. . .] composes his texts with the drive and furor of the language-obsessed desperado [. . .]«

Peter Henning / Aargauer Zeitung

»Just like you always return to Chandler in American literature, you should refer to Fauser time and again in German literature. It helps to survive.«

Stefan Maelck / mdr2, Halle/Saale

»The future of the German-language crime novel truly began with The Snowman and The Snake Mouth, far away from the so-called socio-crime novels emulating the Beck series by the Swedish writing team Sjöwall/Wahlöö«

Friedrich Ani / (German author)

»No other German writer captured the dark – and therefore authentic – soul of the Federal Republic better than the underground-highbrow wordsmith Jörg Fauser.«

Berliner Zeitung

»The literary industry may sing the praises of book after book, but the writing of Jörg Fauser, who received neither awards nor grants during his lifetime, will outlive many of them.«

Franz Dobler / BR2 Kultur, Munich

»Stylistically speaking, his novel Raw Material seems more fitting to the present day than to 1984.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»The literary element in Fauser’s writing was rooted in his ability to condense reality and, in the process, build uncompromisingly upon his own experiences.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»This author is a walking contradiction, but his timeless tone makes his work feel absolutely contemporary.«

Helmut Böttiger / deutschlandfunk.de

»Reading Fauser is an experience, even today. [. . .] By reading Fauser, you not only discover more about the colourful – and increasingly so – Federal Republic, but also about life itself.«

Martin Oehlen / Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

»He had something of the beatnik about him, but also an element of aristocratic Englishness. [. . .] You’ll be amazed at how fresh his writing feels.«

Michael Köhlmeier / rbb, Berlin

»His texts convey so much about the reality of West German life in the 1970s and 1980s.«

Dunja Welke / rbb, Berlin

»Jörg Fauser is a cult writer and hidden gem rolled into one.«

Stefan Kister / Stuttgarter Zeitung

»Fauser’s long-ago present day seems to always be responding to the current present day, and vice versa.«

Katja Kullman / taz, Berlin
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