»I feel a strong and sinewy liberation in writing about people from other circumstances, whose experiences I have not had, perhaps cannot have. The satisifaction I get from learning what is foreign to me is that much deeper. Literature about myself? No, thank you. I want out of my skin.«
— From an interview in Dagens Nyheter, 2019
Aris Fioretos is a Swedish writer. Born in 1960 in Göteborg to Greek and Austrian parents, he studied in Stockholm, Paris and at Yale University. In 1991 he published his first book, a volume of lyrical prose entitled Delandets bok (The Book of Imparting), which has been followed by a series of novels, essays, and scholarly studies. His works have been translated into a dozen languages.
Between work on his own texts, Fioretos translates those of others — for example, the late poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, English-language novels by Vladimir Nabokov, and aphorisms by Walter Serner. He regurlarly writes for the culture section of Sweden’s largest daily, Dagens Nyheter, and has received numerous prizes and awards, most recently the Swedish Academy’s Essay Prize (2018) and the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany (2019). Between 2011 and 2020, he was one of the vice presidents of the German Academy for Language and Literature.
His latest book in English is the illustrated biography Nelly Sachs, Flight and Metamorphosis, which appeared in 2012. In the same year, he published Avtalad tid (Appointments), a volume of conversations with German poet Durs Grünbein, which appeared in German in 2013. His latest novel Nelly B:s hjärta (Nelly B’s Heart, 2018) received much praise when it appeared and has been sold to several countries. Together with the earlier Irma, 25 (2000) and The Truth Sascha Knisch (2002; in English 2006), it forms the trilogy »Den nya människan« (New Man), reissued in paperback in 2019. The novels were accompanied by Atlas (2019) – some sixty short stories, termed »case studies,« which chronicle the emergence of a new understanding of being human during the immediate decades before and after 1900 and containing some 500 illustrations. His new novel will be out in the fall of 2022.
Fioretos lives and works in Berlin and Stockholm.
This website presents all book publications, as well as a small selection of texts and interviews. The Swedish and German pages contain some material not included in the English one.