Volker Weidermann

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Volker Weidermann (2014)

Volker Weidermann (born November 6, 1969 in Darmstadt ) is a German literary critic and television presenter .


Weidermann studied political science and German in Heidelberg and Berlin. From 1998 to 2001 he worked as a literary critic for the daily newspaper . He then moved to the newly founded Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung as a literary editor . From 2003 he headed the arts section there together with Claudius Seidl . On May 1, 2015, he switched to Spiegel .

Weidermann publishes the collected works of Armin T. Wegner , the first volume of which appeared in 2012. In the same year he took on a visiting professorship at Washington University in St. Louis . He lives in Berlin.

From October 2nd, 2015 he moderated the new edition of the literary quartet on ZDF . On October 23, 2019, ZDF announced that Volker Weidermann would leave the show at the end of the year after four years. Weidermann wanted to concentrate again on writing, working as a literary critic at Spiegel and as a book author.


Volker Weidermann (2013)

Weidermann's literary history Lichtjahre , published in March 2006 , with the subtitle A Brief History of German Literature from 1945 to the Present , triggered a discussion about the division of contemporary German literary criticism into "emphatic and gnostic" (according to Hubert Winkels in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit ) .

In the Book of Burned Books , published in 2008, Weidermann described in 131 miniatures the life and work of the authors who were on the list of book burning in Germany in 1933 . In 2009 Weidermann received the Kurt Tucholsky Prize for literary journalism for the book .

For Max Frisch's 100th birthday , Weidermann published the biography Max Frisch in 2010 . His life, his books .

The biographical novel Ostend was published in 2014 . 1936, Summer of Friendship through the friendship of the two different writers Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth and their meeting in 1936 in the Belgian seaside resort of Ostend , where other German-speaking writers and cultural workers were staying in exile at the same time , according to Roth's last love Irmgard Keun , Hermann Kesten , Egon Erwin Kisch , Arthur Koestler , Willi Münzenberg , Ernst Toller and his young wife Christiane Grautoff . The novel was praised as a lively and atmospheric portrait.

In the book Träumer - When the poets took over power (2017) he tells of the five months of the Munich Soviet Republic 1918/19 from the perspective of the participating and observing poets. In the book Das Duell (2019) he traces the relationship between Günter Grass and Marcel Reich-Ranicki .


  • Light Years: A Brief History of German Literature from 1945 to Today . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2006, ISBN 3-462-03693-9 . Also as an audio book.
  • The book of burned books . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2008, ISBN 978-3-462-03962-7 .
  • Max Frisch. His life, his books. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-462-04227-6 .
  • East End. 1936, summer of friendship . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2014, ISBN 978-3-462-04600-7 .
  • Meeting poets: encounters with authors . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2016, ISBN 978-3-462-04896-4
  • Dreamers - When the poets took power . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2017, ISBN 978-3-462-04714-1 .
  • The duel: the story of Günter Grass and Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2019, ISBN 978-3-462-05109-4 .

Web links

Commons : Volker Weidermann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Kurt Tucholsky Prize for Literary Journalism 2009 to Volker Weidermann. In: tucholsky-gesellschaft.de. 2009, accessed July 18, 2019 .
  2. Volker Weidermann at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (archive of March 27, 2015).
  3. Volker Weidermann at Kiepenheuer & Witsch .
  4. Glenn Riedmeier: "The Literary Quartet" loses its moderator. In: wunschliste.de. On television , October 23, 2019, accessed on October 23, 2019 .
  5. Hubert Winkels: Emphatics and Gnostics. In: The time. March 30, 2006, No. 14.
  6. Martin Ebel: Friends of Frisch - don't look at this book! In: Tages-Anzeiger . November 24, 2010.
  7. The summer of hope. femundo, accessed on July 9, 2018 .
  8. Jochen Hieber, When the Critic Infinitely Bored the Poet , in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , September 12, 2019., p. 10.