Born in Karlsruhe in 1955, Matthias Politycki now lives in Hamburg and Munich. He is one of Germany’s most critically acclaimed contemporary writers. He is a member of German P.E.N. and Academy of Arts in Hamburg. He has been awarded a variety of prizes and scholarships.
After completing his PhD in German literature and two years as an assistant professor, he began his career as a freelance writer in 1990. He has published more than 30 books – novels, short stories, essays and poems. He also writes articles for newspapers and magazines, stimulates debate in the media and gives lectures both nationally and internationally. In 2009 he was writer in residence at Queen Mary, University of London.
Although he regards himself as a poet at heart, he is best known for his novels such as Weiberroman and 180 Tagen um die Welt, a satirical description of his time as artist-in-(non)-residence on board one of the world’s most luxurious passenger ships. To research other novels, he has travelled widely, and he now spends half of each year somewhere abroad. Consequently he is regarded as the globetrotter and literary adventurer among German authors. (2018)Issue 13 - Winter 2018