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SCHÄDLICH, Hans Joachim

[Conversation with Hans Joachim Schädlich] Conversation with Hans Joachim Schädlich, Berlin, Summer 1995
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Hans Joachim Schädlich was born in Reichenbach (Vogtland) in 1935. He majored in German Studies in Berlin and Leipzig and, in 1966, was awarded his doctorate for a dissertation in phonology. While he was a member of the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin until 1976, he was not allowed to publish in the GDR and, after he had signed the petition in support of Wolf Biermann, he left East Germany in 1976. His texts, such as those in Versuchte Nähe [1977; Attempted Proximity], deal with his experiences in the GDR, where he was not allowed to publish. Other of Schädlich's longer works include Der Sprachabschneider [1980; The Language Cutter] and Tallhover [1986]. Since 1977 Schädlich has made his home in West Berlin. His text, Die Sache mit B. [The Case of B. ], was awarded the Johannes-Bobrowski Medal of the Berlin Prize for Literature in 1992. It was published in a collection of texts read for the prize, and has also been translated into French.

Die Sache mit B. (The Case of B. ): Vol. 1, No. 3
Gib ihm Sprache (Give Him Speech): (Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Verlag, 1999): Vol. 7, No. 2/3


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