Birgit Vanderbeke (born 8 August 1956 in Dahme, Brandenburg) is a German writer. Vanderbeke grew up in Frankfurt am Main after her family moved to West Germany in 1961. She studied Law, Germanic and Romance languages. The English translation of her debut novel, Das Muschelessen, by Jamie Bulloch was published in 2013 by Peirene Press as The Mussel Feast. Since 1993 she has been living in southern France.
Awards and honours
- 1990 Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis for "Muschelessen"
- 1999 Solothurner Literaturpreis
- 1999 Roswitha Prize
- 2002 Hans Fallada Prize
- 2007 Brüder-Grimm-Professur at University of Kassel
- 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist for The Mussel Feast (German; trans. Jamie Bulloch)
- Iris Alanyali (18 Jan 2003). "Der deutsche Akzent ist niedlich (Interview with Vanderbeke)". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 28 Nov 2010.
- Ingrid Hildebrand (10 April 2007). "Birgit Vanderbeke wird Grimm-Professorin an der Uni Kassel" (in German). University of Kassel. Retrieved 26 Nov 2010.
- Alison Flood (8 April 2014). "Knausgaard heads Independent foreign fiction prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved April 10, 2014.