Eugen Ruge

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Eugen Ruge
Frankfurter Buchmesse 2011 Eugen Ruge Deutscher Buchpreisträger.jpg
Born24 June 1954 Edit this on Wikidata (age 64)
AwardsGerman Book Prize Edit this on Wikidata

Eugen Ruge (born 24 June 1954 in Sosva, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union) is a German writer, director and translator from Russian. In 2011 he won the German Book Prize for In Times of Fading Light.

Life and work[edit]

Ruge is the son of the East German historian Wolfgang Ruge [de], who had once been deported to Siberia by the Soviet state. At the age of two, Ruge came to East Berlin with his parents. After studying mathematics at Humboldt University, he worked as a research assistant at the GDR Academy of Sciences. In 1986, he began his career as a writer, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. In 1988, he emigrated to West Germany. Since 1989 he has worked mainly as a writer for theatre, radio and film. In 2011 he debuted as a novelist with the title In Times of Fading Light, which won the German Book Prize and the Alfred Doblin Prize. The novel has been translated into English by Anthea Bell.

As a translator from Russian, Ruge has translated Chekhov among others. He is the father of four children and divides his time between Berlin and Rügen.


  • In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts : Roman einer Familie ISBN 9783499254123, OCLC 966298390
  • Cabo de Gata ISBN 9783499267482, OCLC 982988693


  1. ^ Robson, Leo (2013-07-06). "In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ John Shakespear, Eugen Ruge (2014-11-07). "Light Fades in East Berlin: An Interview with Eugen Ruge". Boston Review. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ "Book review: In Times of Fading Light, By Eugen Ruge, trans. Anthea". The Independent. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  4. ^ Kumar, Priyanka. ""Cabo de Gata by Eugen Ruge," translated by Anthea Bell". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2018-04-05.

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