Friedrich Christian Delius was born in Rome in 1943 and grew up in central Germany. He did his doctoral thesis in German studies in 1970 and subsequently worked as a book editor. Today he divides his time between the Italian capital and Berlin. Some of his best-known works are Ribbeck’s Pears (1991), The Sunday I Became World Champion (1994), The Walk from Rostock to Syracuse (1995), My Year as a Murderer (2004) and Portrait of Mother as a Young Woman (2006). Delius has won numerous awards, most recently the German Critics’ Prize, the Joseph Breitbach Prize and the Georg Büchner Prize.
INVISIBLE LIGHTNING. POEMS
According to the critic Steffen Jacobs, Delius shows “a sensitivity for the moment that combines an understanding of form and a terseness of language in a way that is utterly beautiful.” Friedrich Christian Delius rejects illusion, has cultivated a sharpness of style that is often broken up by moments of irony. He often draws on the everyday, the mundane to create poetry. These poems condense into a bridge “that leads through the thicket of the air and onto a surprising new road.”