»The fix point of my existence? The short answer might be the most honest: my writing desk. I consider it a flying carpet with four legs. In terms of polity, it tends toward a republic. But I am at once its sole ruler and its only citizen. So perhaps one ought to speak of enlightended despotism instead. Sorry, no visas are issued.«

— From an interview by the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå, 2015

 

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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 German Jeanette Schocken Prize (2017) and the Swedish Academy’s Essay Prize (2018). 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. In the fall of 2019, the book will be out in paperback. 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). The novels are accompanied by the essay Atlas, chronicling the emergence of a new understanding of being human during the immediate decades before and after 1900 and containing some 500 illustrations.

One of the vice presidents of the German Academy for Language and Literature, Fioretos lives and works in Berlin and Stockholm.

 

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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.

Foto: © Sara Mac Key, Stockholm 2019