Wolfgang Schreyer

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Wolfgang Schreyer
Wolfgang Schreyer (2004) by Guenter Prust.jpg
Wolfgang Schreyer (2004)
Born 20 November 1927
Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Nationality Germany
Occupation Writer
Political party NSDAP (1944-1945)
Wolfgang Schreyer (left) with Franz Fühmann and Rudolf Fischer.

Wolfgang Schreyer (born 20 November 1927 in Magdeburg) is a German writer of fiction, historic adventures mixed with documentary, science fiction for TV shows and movies and is best known as the author of over 20 adventure stories.[1]

Life[edit]

Wolfgang Schreyer was born the son of a pharmacist. On leaving secondary school he was conscripted as a Flakhelfer before, in April 1944, he joined the NSDAP and served in the Wehrmacht. He became a POW and was released by the Americans in 1946. From 1947 until 1949 he was a chemists' apprentice, working in that profession until 1950. From 1950 to 1952 he was the manager of a pharmaceutical company in the German Democratic Republic.

Since the publication of his first crime novel, "Großgarage Südwest" he has worked as a freelance author. He travelled several times to the Caribbean and to the United States. Since 1958, the GDR's Staatssicherheitsdienst (Stasi) kept him under special surveillance. Until 1972 Schreyer lived in Magdeburg; since then he has lived in Ahrenshoop on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Wolfgang Schreyer is the author of numerous novels, which are mainly considered entertainment, containing some criticism of society. Most successful were the stories set in Central America and the Caribbean, in which he skillfully mixed fiction and documentary. Other works are crime stories, a science-fiction story, film scripts, TV and radio drama. Having sold more than five million copies, Schreyer is considered one of the most successful East German authors.

In 1956 Schreyer was awarded the Heinrich-Mann-Preis. Since 1952 he has been a member of the East German authors guild, since 1974 a member of P.E.N.; and since German reunification in 1990 he is a member of the German authors guild.

Work[edit]

  • Großgarage Südwest, Berlin 1952
  • Mit Kräuterschnaps und Gottvertrauen, Berlin 1953
  • Unternehmen "Thunderstorm", Berlin 1954
  • Die Banknote, Berlin 1955
  • Schüsse über der Ostsee, Berlin 1956
  • Der Traum des Hauptmann Loy, Berlin 1956
  • Das Attentat, Berlin 1957
  • Der Spion von Akrotiri, Berlin 1957
  • Alaskafüchse, Berlin 1959
  • Das grüne Ungeheuer, Berlin 1959
  • Entscheidung an der Weichsel, Berlin 1960
  • Tempel des Satans, Berlin 1960
  • Die Piratenchronik, Berlin 1961 (republished in 1967 as Augen am Himmel: Eine Piratenchronik (Eyes in the sky))
  • Vampire, Tyrannen, Rebellen, Berlin 1963 (together with Günter Schumacher)
  • Preludio 11, Berlin 1964
  • Fremder im Paradies, Halle (Saale) 1966 (republished 1971 within Welt der Abenteuer)
  • Aufstand des Sisyphos, Berlin 1969 (together with Jürgen Hell)
  • Der gelbe Hai, Berlin 1969
  • Bananengangster, Berlin 1970
  • Der Adjutant, Halle (S.) 1971
  • Der Resident, Halle (Saale) 1973
  • Tod des Chefs oder Die Liebe zur Opposition, Berlin 1975
  • Schwarzer Dezember, Halle (Saale) 1977
  • Die Entführung, Halle [u.a.] 1979
  • Der Reporter, Halle [u.a.] 1980
  • Die Suche oder Die Abenteuer des Uwe Reuss, Berlin 1981
  • Eiskalt im Paradies, Halle [u.a.] 1982
  • Die fünf Leben des Dr. Gundlach, Berlin 1982
  • Der Fund oder Die Abenteuer des Uwe Reuss, Berlin 1987
  • Der Mann auf den Klippen, Berlin 1987
  • Der sechste Sinn, Halle [u.a.] 1987
  • Unabwendbar, Berlin 1988
  • Die Beute, Rostock 1989
  • Endzeit der Sieger, Halle [u.a.] 1989
  • Alpträume, Oschersleben 1991
  • Nebel, Berlin 1991
  • Das Quartett, Berlin 1994
  • Der zweite Mann, Berlin 2000
  • Der Verlust oder Die Abenteuer des Uwe Reuss, Rostock 2001
  • Das Kurhaus, Rostock 2002
  • Die Legende, Berlin 2006 (together with Paul Schreyer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernd-Rainer Barth. "Schreyer, Wolfgang * 20.11.1927 Schriftsteller". Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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