- SPINNEN, Burkhard
- Burkhard Spinnen, born
in Mönchengladbach in 1956, lives in Münster, where he
also studied German literature. He has been a freelance author since
1995, the same year his novel Langer Samstag (Long Saturday)
was published and made first place ont eh SWF list of best books
("Süd-West Funk"; a popular German radio station).
From 1998 to 2000, her held an appointment as Professor at the German
Literature Institute Leipzig. His novels and short stories, such
as the collection Trost und Reserve (1996, Comfort and
Reserve), have earned him many awards. Among them is the 1999 Literature
Prize of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, and Spinnen's acceptance
speech for this award also shows two important subjects of his writing
and thinking: the generation of the 1968 student movement and the
subsequent "Generation Golf" (that is the younger generation
that got to drive the VW Golf, as opposed to the earlier generation
for whom the VW Bug embodied freedom).
Ein Psychologe (A Psychologist ) from Trost und Reserve
(Frankfurt am Main: Schöffling & Co., 1996): Vol. 4,
Acceptance Speech: On Receiving the Literature Prize of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation
(Frankfurt am Main: Schöffling & Co., 2000): Vol. 7, No.
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