was born in 1951. He studied law, and has lived in Frankfurt as a freelance writer since 1980. He has published novels, stories, and collections of poems, written scripts for several films, opera libretti, theatre and radio plays. A regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he also writes on art and literature for many other newspapers and journals. He was awarded the Heimito von Doderer prize in 1999.
Previous novels and stories include:
Das Bett, 1983; Ruppertshain, 1985; Westend, 1992; Stilleben mit wildem Tier, 1995; Das Grab der Pulcinellen, 1996; Die schöne Gewohnheit zu leben, 1997; Die Türkin, 1999; Eine lange Nacht, 2000.
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In 1980 Vito von Eichborn founded a new publishing house with a list including international fiction, politics and humour. In 1989 the 'Andere Bibliothek' joined Eichborn. This prestigious series has been edited by Hans Magnus Enzensberger since its foundation in 1985, and has remained independent in its choice of authors and subjects. Titles include The Last World by Christoph Ransmayr, and The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn by W.G.Sebald.