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Portrait of Peter Stamm

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Peter Stamm


Peter Stamm, born 1963, is a Swiss author. After an apprenticeship as accountant he studied English Literature, Psychology and Psychopathology for some semesters at Zürich University. Before taking up a career as freelance writer in 1990, he was working as a journalist for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Tages-Anzeiger, Die Weltwoche, and the satirical magazine Nebelspalter. He spent some time in Paris, New York and Scandinavia and lives now with his family in Winterthur/Switzerland. He has published novels, collections of stories, children's books and several radio and stage plays. His books have been translated into 39 languages. For his entire body of work and his accomplishments in fiction, he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Friedrich Hölderlin Prize and in 2018 the Swiss Bookprice.