January 11, 1999 German Author Uwe Timm to Read
Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
German author Uwe Timm will read from his work on Friday, February 5, at 6:45 p.m. in the Southeast Pavilion of the Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. The event is sponsored by the European Division, the Scholarly Programs Office, the European Union, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The reading is one in a series of programs, "New Literature from Europe." A reception will follow.
Uwe Timm was born in Hamburg in 1940. He studied in Munich and Paris and earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Munich in 1971. He also began his literary career in 1971 with the publication of a collection of poems titled Widerspruche.
His first novel, Heiber Sommer, reflecting on the events of the 1968 student movement, was published in 1974. His following novels, including Morenga (1978), Kerbels Fluchl (1980), and Der Mann auf dem Hochrad (1984), made him one of the best known contemporary writers in Germany. Translations of his more recent books, The Snake Tree (1990), Headhunter (1994), and The Invention of Curried Sausage (1995), have also been published in the United States. His latest novel, dealing with German reunification, is Midsummer Night (New Directions, 1998).
Uwe Timm has received a number of literary awards, including the Literature Prize of the City of Bremen and the Munich Literature Award.