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Arnold Stadler

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Occupation  Novelist
Role  Writer
Name  Arnold Stadler
Period  1986–present
Nationality  German

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Born  April 9, 1954 (age 61) Meskirch, West Germany (1954-04-09)
Notable works  Ein hinreissender Schrotthandler
Awards  Kleist Prize, Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis

Arnold Stadler - Rauschzeit

Arnold Stadler is a German writer, essayist and translator. He was born April 9, 1954 in Meßkirch in the district of Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.


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Stadler grew up on a farm in Rast, a small village adjoining Sauldorf, a neighboring village of his birthplace Meßkirch. Stadler studied catholic theology in Munich and Rome, German philology at Freiburg im Breisgau and Köln, ending with a doctoral degree (Dr. phil.). The first serious and prominent recommendation regarding his works came 1994 of Martin Walser (Der Spiegel No. 31 from 1 August 1994). The partial autobiographically affected works play frequently in his region of origin (Heimat), the landscape between the Danube and the Lake of Constance. The change of this rurally shaped area and its homelessness (Heimatlosigkeit) are recurring topics in his literary works.

Literature awards and distinctions

Stadler is member of the foundation board for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.


  • Irene Armbruster: Büchner-Preisträger Arnold Stadler in New York. Kein Landei; in: "Aufbau" No. 8, New York, April 20, 2000; p. 7.
  • Martin Walser: Über das Verbergen der Verzweiflung; in: "DER SPIEGEL" Nr. 29/1999, Hamburg, 19. Juli 1999; S. 161-162.
  • Contemporary German Fiction − Writing in the Berlin Republic. By Stuart Taberner, 2007 Cambridge University Press ISBN 0-521-86078-4
  • Gregory Alexander Knott: Arnold Stadler and the metaphysics of Heimat. Thesis (Ph. D.), Washington University, 2007. [1]
  • References

    Arnold Stadler Wikipedia