David Wagner © Linda Rosa Saal

David Wagner | November-December 2019

David Wagner, born in 1971, made his debut with the novel Meine nachtblaue Hose (My Nightblue Trousers). It was followed by Spricht das Kind, Vier Äpfel, Welche Farbe hat Berlin (Child Talks, Four Apples, What Colour is Berlin) and Ein Zimmer im Hotel (A Room in a Hotel), both published by Rowohlt. His novel Leben (Life) was awarded the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2013, the Best Foreign Novel of the Year Award 2014 of the People’s Republic of China, and a Turkish edition (Hayat) was published by Everest in 2015. In 2014 Wagner received the Kranichsteiner Literature Prize and was the first Friedrich Dürrenmatt Professor for World Literature at the University of Bern. In 2019 the short story Der vergessliche Riese (The Forgetful Giant) received the Bavarian Book Prize; in autumn 2021, Wagner published Verlaufen in Berlin (Lost in Berlin).
David Wagner was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from January to June 2015 and from November to December 2019.