Martin Walser was born in 1927 in Wasserburg and now lives in Überlingen by Lake Constance. He is among Germany’s most important literary authors and has received numerous awards for his work, among them the Georg Büchner Award and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He has also been decorated with the order Pour le Mérite and was appointed Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2015 he was awarded with the Nietzsche Prize for his life’s work.
LIVING AND WRITING – DIARIES 1951-1962
Martin Walser is a master of transforming life into literature. His novels are always suspected of being autobiographical, rarely with any foundation. Opening the diaries, the pages covered with drawings, we find that even they document his writing rather than his life. This is what makes them a truly distinctive work of art.