Marcel Beyer

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  • Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)

The issue of The New Yorker from 27 April 1998 identified Marcel Beyer as one of “the most promising young writers in Europe”, in response to the successful publication of The Karnau Tapes (1997). This English translation of Beyer’s critically acclaimed novel Flughunde (1995) marks the onset of the German author’s wider international exposure and reputation. Hitherto, the novel has been translated into fourteen languages. Flughunde takes readers back to Nazi Germany, an era in German history that Beyer himself did not experience. Born on November 23, 1965 in Tailfingen, Württemberg, Beyer grew up in Kiel and in Neuss, a city near Cologne. From 1987 to 1991 he studied “Germanistik” (German …

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Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Marcel Beyer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2013
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Beyer's works

  1. Erdkunde [Geography]
  2. Flughunde [The Karnau Tapes]
  3. Kaltenburg
  4. Spione [Spies]