Alexander Fest

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Alexander Fest at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 2011

Alexander Fest (born January 25, 1960 in West Berlin ) is a German publisher .


Alexander Fest's father Joachim Fest (1926–2006) was a well-known journalist and historian .

After graduating from the Hamburg Christianeum in 1978, Alexander Fest studied classical philology and philosophy in Tübingen, Munich and Zurich . In 1986 he passed the state examination . Subsequently, from 1986, he initially worked as a lecturer at the Deutsches Taschenbuch Verlag . In 1991 he became head editor at Siedler Verlag in Berlin.

In 1996, Fest founded the Alexander Fest Verlag in Berlin with the support of S. Fischer Verlag in sales. It quickly made a name for itself and was able to publish books by well-known authors. He particularly benefited from his father's high-circulation works. In 1999 he was able to publish his father's spear biography, among other things. In 2000 he also took over the management of Kindler Verlag . From 2002 he was managing director of Rowohlt Verlag . Like S. Fischer Verlag and Kindler Verlag, this belongs to the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group . When he switched to Rowohlt Verlag, he ended his own publishing project, but continued to head the Kindler Verlag.

For example, Fest discovered the American writers Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides for the German book market, whose novels The Corrections and Middlesex were published in German translation in 2002 and 2003. A 2011 scheduled release of Germany reportage I Germany by Tuvia Tenenbom , which in December 2012 at Suhrkamp under the title alone among Germans appeared, however, he refused then off, by its own account for legal reasons.

After 13 years, Fest resigned from the position of managing director of the Rowohlt Verlag on September 14, 2014, but remains in an advisory capacity as editor at large . His successor was the previous rororo publishing director , Barbara Laugwitz .

His brother is the lawyer and AfD politician Nicolaus Fest .

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Individual evidence

  1. Joachim Fest: Speer. A biography. Alexander Fest Verlag, Berlin 1999, ISBN 978-3-8286-0063-8 .
  2. Sebastian Hammelehle: Welcome to the land of perpetrators. In Spiegel Online, December 4, 2012
  3. dpa: Alexander Fest leaves the Rowohlt publishing house after 13 years. Hamburger Abendblatt, September 11, 2014, accessed on September 12, 2014 .