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Thomas Melle

Die Welt im Rücken
(The World at Your Back)

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Rowohlt Berlin
ISBN: 978 3 87134 170 0
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This book talks about the vulnerable human condition in our day and age. This book hurts, disturbs and is incredibly funny at times. Thomas Melle reports on the illness of his mental disorder. With will-o’-the-wispy precision, he describes his self, gone mad amidst neuronal fireworks. He congenially translates the insane heightened awareness of his paranoid psychosis into magnificent literature. In chronicling his manic-depressive episodes, which drive him through clubs, concert halls and clinics, Melle also – almost incidentally – paints an atmospheric picture of the popculture present.
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Thomas Melle, born in 1975, studied comparative literature and philosophy in Tübingen, Austin (Texas) and Berlin. He is the author of frequently performed plays and the translator of, among others, William T. Vollmann’s novel "Whores for Gloria”. His debut novel "Sickster” (2011) was nominated for the German Book Prize and won the Franz Hessel Prize. In 2014, he followed it up with the novel "3000 Euro”, which was shortlisted for the German Book Prize. In 2015, Thomas Melle, who lives in Berlin, won the Berlin Art Prize.
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