The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival welcomes author Michael Kumpfmüller, sponsored by the Goethe Institut.
Michael Kumpfmüller was born in Munich in 1961, and lives and works as a freelance writer in Berlin. His much-praised novel, The Adventures of a Bed Salesman, appeared in 2000 and was his first great literary success.
His second novel Durst (Thirst) was published in 2003, and his novel Nachricht an alle (Message To All) was awarded the Döblin Prize before its publication in 2008.
His novel The Glory of Life about Franz Kafka’s love affair with Dora Diamant, became a bestseller on publication in 2011, and received much praise from the literary critics. It has now been translated into 25 languages. It was shortlisted for the Wilhelm Raabe Prize in 2011. The Chinese translation was awarded the “Weishanhu Prize for best translated work of the 21st century”, and the French translation was awarded the Prix Jean Monnet de littérature européenne 2013.
His latest novel, Die Erziehung des Mannes (The Education of a Man) was long-listed for the German Book Award 2016 (Deutscher Buchpreis).