Marcel Beyer

Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)
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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


(1995) marks the onset of the German author’s wider international exposure and reputation. Hitherto, the novel has been translated into fourteen languages.


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 Language and Literature), “Anglistik” (English), and “Literaturwissenschaft”…

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Citation: Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Marcel Beyer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2013 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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