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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, No. 1
Acceptance Speech: On Receiving the Literature Prize of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (Frankfurt am Main: Schöffling & Co., 2000): Vol. 7, No. 2/3

 

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