Peter Schneider, born in 1940 in Lübeck, has published some 20 books, including novels, short stories, and essays, some of which have been translated into 20 languages. Der Mauerspringer (The Wall Jumper) (1982) was included in the Penguin Modern Classic series, with a foreword by Ian McEwan. Schneider has also written several film scripts, including for Messer im Kopf (Knife in the Head) (director: Reinhard Hauff, 1978) and Das Versprechen (The Promise) (director: Margarethe von Trotta, 1995). The story Vati (Rua Alguem 5555: My Father) (1987) was filmed in 2005 under the direction of Egidio Eronico and starred Charlton Heston, F. Murray Abraham, and Thomas Kretschmar. Schneider’s reports and essays have appeared in Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde, Liberation, Dagens Nyheter, and La Repubblica. His latest publications include Denken mit dem eigenen Kopf (Thinking with Your Own Head) (2020), Vivaldi und seine Töchter (Vivaldi and His Daughters) (2019), Club der Unentwegten (Club of the Unswerving) (2017), and An der Schönheit kann’s nicht liegen – Berlin, Porträt einer ewig unfertigen Stadt (It Can’t Be Because of Beauty – Berlin, Portrait of an Eternally Unfinished City) (2015).
Peter Schneider was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from September to November 2016 and August 2018.