Clemens Meyer was born 1977 in Halle and lives in Leipzig. Bricks and Mortar, his latest novel, was shortlisted for the German Book Prize awarded the Bremer Literaturpreis 2014, longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, and shortlisted for the 2019 Best Translated Book Awards. A collection of stories, Dark Satellites, appeared with Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2020.
Spectator Books of the Year 2020
'Figures from society's margins are at the centre of the
stories... Dark Satellites throws a perceptive light on
circumscribed lives on the edges of Europe.'
- David Mills, The Sunday Times
'Clemens Meyer's great art of describing people takes the form
of the Russian doll principle: a story within a story within a
story. From German jihad to a Prussian refugee drama, so much is so
artfully interwoven that his work breaks the mould of the closed
narrative. Images of history extending into the present are what
make this collection a literary sensation.'
- Katharina Teutsch, Die Zeit
'Meyer's writing is brittle, laconic, clear, intense - and once
again on top form. Short stories are clearly his forte. He finds
memorable images for his themes: a dance without music in an unused
Russian canteen; a midnight haircut; a man who slides into another
identity after a break-in to his home and leaves his briefcase, the
last requisite of his old life, in an abandoned shop. Meyer's
stories are quiet, tragic and once again populated by ordinary
people, for whom he has always harboured sympathies.'
- Steffen Roye, Am Erker
'Meyer's snapshots of urban life - a burger bar, a
fairground wheel, a neglected train station - are so vivid they
make you see your own surroundings in the light of those faraway
- Anna Aslanyan, Spectator