Thomas Lehr

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The writer Thomas Lehr at the Erlanger Poetenfest 2017

Thomas Lehr (born November 22, 1957 in Speyer ) is a German writer .


Lehr studied biochemistry in West Berlin from 1979 to 1983 and then worked as a programmer at the university library of the Free University of Berlin before he became a freelance writer. He lives in Berlin and held the Heiner Müller visiting professorship for German-language poetics at the Free University of Berlin in the 2011 summer semester .

His main work to date, Nabokovs Katzen (1999), has clear autobiographical traits and tells, over a period of 25 years, the erotic - obsessive relationship between the hero Georg and his muse Camille.

Lehr has been a member of the PEN Center Germany since 2002 . In May 2012 he was appointed as a new member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and in autumn 2018 he was accepted into the German Academy for Language and Poetry .


Autograph by Thomas Lehr

Awards and honors

“From his novel Zweiwasser or Die Bibliothek der Gnade (1992) onwards, Thomas Lehr continued to write in a linguistically powerful manner in the succession of that modernism, which, despite being related to time, never excluded waking dreams, hallucinations and thought games. In his last prose work, 'Nabokov's Cat', Thomas Lehr tells the l'amour fou of his hero in sharply illuminated images, with his literary means referring to the film's cutting and cross-fading techniques. Not without reason: The driven hero switches from mathematics to directing. One of his role models is Luis Buñuel . "


  • Timo Rouget: Lehr, Thomas . In: Lexicon of Science Fiction Literature since 1900. With a View of Eastern Europe , edited by Christoph F. Lorenz and Peter Lang, Frankfurt / Main 2016, ISBN 978-3-63167-236-5 , pp. 429-434.
  • Leonhard Herrmann: Literary criticism of reason in the novel of the present . Stuttgart 2017. pp. 167–178.
  • Thomas Lehr In: Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz. Yearbook. 69, 2018, pp. 30-32.

Web links

Commons : Thomas Lehr  - collection of images, videos and audio files


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  2. ^ New members of the Akademie der Künste Akademie der Künste, press release June 18, 2012
  3. Lehr und Popp are new members ,, published and accessed on November 16, 2018
  4. Review
  5. Carsten Wette (FU Berlin): Thomas Lehr receives the Berlin Literature Prize 2011 - Free University Berlin's appointment to the Heiner Müller visiting professorship , in: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft of September 22, 2010, accessed on September 23, 2010
  6. Worlds from Language in FAZ of June 9, 2011, page 40
  7. member entry of Thomas teaching in the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz , accessed on 10.27.17
  8. Thomas Lehr receives the Bremen Literature Prize . Article dated November 18, 2017, accessed November 18, 2017.