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Aris Fioretos  [ Sweden ]

Biography

Portrait Fioretos
Copyright Fioretos / C. Heike Bogenberger

Guest 2003, 2017.

Bibliography

Delandets bok

Prosapoesie

Norstedt

Stockholm, 1991

Die Seelensucherin

DuMont

Köln, 2000

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Stockholm Noir

Norstedt

Stockholm, 2000

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Die Wahrheit über Sascha Knisch

DuMont

Köln, 2003

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Mein schwarzer Schädel

DAAD

Berlin, 2003

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Das Maß eines Fußes

Hanser

München, 2008

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Der letzte Grieche

Hanser

München, 2011

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Die halbe Sonne

Hanser

München, 2013

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Mary

Hanser

München, 2016

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Wasser, Gänsehaut

Hanser

München, 2017

[Ü: Paul Berf]

Aris Fioretos was born in 1960 in Göteborg, Sweden, to Greek and Austrian parents. He studied comparative literature at the University of Stockholm, the École des Hautes Études in Paris and Yale University. He has published essays and scholarly works on Hölderlin, Benjamin and Celan, and translated a number of writers, including Paul Auster, Friedrich Hölderlin, Vladimir Nabokov and Jan Wagner, into Swedish. He has received numerous prizes, including the Jeanette Schocken Preis of the city of Bremerhaven (2017).

Since his début, »Delandets bok« (1991; tr. The book of imparting), Fioretos has published several collections of short prose. His award-winning first novel »Stockholm Noir« was published to great acclaim in 2000. Fioretos not only masterfully intertwines various narrative levels, but also connects fictional destinies with the history of science. Set in 1925, readers accompany a young woman from Berlin as she searches for her father in hibernal Stockholm, and gradually discover how her destiny is linked to that of a self-styled Swedish »soul biologist«, who is convinced that he can locate the seat of the soul in the human brain. Fioretos evocatively captures the 1920s atmosphere; in the end, every detail and its elaborate implication proves itself indispensible to the novel as a whole. His second novel, »Sanningen om Sasha Knisch« (Eng. »The Truth about Sasha Knisch«, 2006), also takes Berlin of the 1920s as its point of departure, interweaving historical facts with various types of narrative. Against the backdrop of a scientific conspiracy, Fioretos describes the at once illicit and seductive nature of sexuality, making a declaration of love to the powers of imagination that is both astute and comical. Reviewing »Stockholm Noir«, critic Hubert Winkels found that Fioretos achieved the highest aim of literature, namely »to generate insight by way of poetry«. Published in 2011, »Den siste greken« (2009; tr. The last Greek) caused quite a sensation. It tells of a Greek family that, after being expelled by the Turks, emigrates from Smyrna to Macedonia and, eventually, to Sweden. The novel »Mary« (2015) is an indictment of the military dictatorship in Greece. Branded an insurgent, a young, pregnant student is brutally tortured and banished to a prison island by the Junta; yet she grows more resilient and continues to resist by way of small gestures. Published in 2016, Fioretos’ essay on the art of the novel, »Vatten, gåshud« (tr. Water, goosebumps), elegantly and knowledgeably guides readers through world literature, from ancient mythology to Proust and Nabokov.

Aris Fioretos was a cultural counselor at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin. In 2010 he was made a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature in Darmstadt, and was subsequently elected vice president. He lives and works in Stockholm and Berlin.

[http://arisfioretos.com]

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