Clemens Meyer

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Clemens Meyer
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Clemens Meyer at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2010.
Clemens Meyer

(1977-10-03) October 3, 1977 (age 41)

Clemens Meyer (born 3 October 1977 in Halle an der Saale, then East Germany) is a German writer.[1] He is the author of Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming, 2006), Die Nacht, die Lichter (All the Lights, 2008), Gewalten (Acts of Violence, 2010), Im Stein (Bricks and Mortar, 2013), and Die stillen Trabanten (The Silent Satellites, 2017). Of Meyer's works, only All the Lights and Bricks and Mortar have been translated into English.


Meyer was born on 20 August 1977 in Halle an der Saale. His studies at the German Literature Institute, Leipzig, were interrupted by a spell in a youth detention centre. He worked as a security guard, forklift driver and construction worker before he became a published novelist.[2]


Meyer won a number of prizes for his first novel Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming), published in 2006,[2] in which a group of friends grow up and go off the rails in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He received the Rheingau Literatur Preis in 2006. It has been adapted into an upcoming film, due to be released in 2015.

His second book, Die Nacht, die Lichter (All the Lights, 2008), was translated by Katy Derbyshire and published by independent London publisher And Other Stories in 2011.[3] It won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2008. His third book, Gewalten (Acts of Violence), is a diary of 2009 in eleven stories.

His 2013 novel Im Stein (Bricks and Mortar) has been translated by Katy Derbyshire and included in the long list for the International Man Booker Prize.[4] The novel won the prestigious Bremer Literaturpreis in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Buchpreis in 2013. The English translation won the "Straelener Übersetzerpreis" of the Kunststiftung NRW in 2018.[5]




  • Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming, 2006).
  • Im Stein (2013). trans. Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar, London: Fizcarraldo Editions, 2016[6]

Short Story Collections

  • Die Nacht, die Lichter (2008). trans. Katy Derbyshire, All the Lights, London: And Other Stories, 2011. ISBN 9781908276018[3]
  • Gewalten (Acts of Violence, 2010).
  • Die stillen Trabanten (The Silent Satellites, 2017)


  1. ^ Clemens Meyer's website Retrieved 23 January 2013
  2. ^ a b "Wenderoman aus der Zweiraumwohnung". Hamburger Abendblatt. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b And Other Stories Retrieved 23 January 2013
  4. ^ "The Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist Announced - The Man Booker Prizes".
  5. ^ This Price at "Verband deutschsprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Werke", VdÜ
  6. ^ "Fitzcarraldo Editions Catalogue" (PDF). Fitzcarraldo Editions. Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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