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Ilija Trojanow

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Julian Preece

Ilija Trojanow, born in Bulgaria in 1965 and brought up in East Africa, established his name as an international writer with the novel Der Weltensammler or The Collector of Worlds (2006), about the cross-cultural Victorian adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Since the mid-1990s Trojanow has been prolific in a number of genres, including travel, ethnography and science fiction. He has also become a major public intellectual in Austria and Germany with provocative interventions on topics such as Islam and the West, civil rights in the age of cybersurveillance and climate change. His imaginative writing sits at the centre of a number of defining contemporary concerns, in particular the relationship between identity, language and culture.
This volume contains an interview with Trojanow, a previously unpublished essay by him on Lessing’s Enlightenment parable of inter-religious tolerance, Nathan der Weise ( Nathan the Wise), and essays by European and North American scholars on central aspects of his growing œuvre. The contributors explore why Trojanow is one of today’s leading writers of German while challenging a number of myths that have grown up around him and his magnum opus, Der Weltensammler.

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ed Writings of Veza Canetti (2007) and Baader–Meinhof and the Novel: Narratives of the Nation / Fantasies of the Revolution, 1970–2010 (2012). Ilija Trojanow Julian Preece (ed.) Ilija Trojanow Julian Preece (ed.) Peter Langwww.peterlang.com Co nt em po ra ry G er m an W ri te rs a nd F ilm m ak er s ISBN 978-3-0343-0894-6 Co nt em po ra ry G er m an W ri te rs a nd F ilm m ak er s Co nt em po ra ry G er m an W ri te rs a nd F ilm m ak er s Co nt em po ra ry G er m an W ri te rs a nd F ilm m ak er s Ilija Trojanow, born in Bulgaria in 1965 and brought up in East Africa, established his name as an international writer with the novel Der Weltensammler or The Collector of Worlds (2006), about the cross- cultural Victorian adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Since the mid- 1990s Trojanow has been prolific in a number of genres, including travel, ethnography and science fiction. He has also become a major public intellectual in Austria and Germany with provocative interventions on topics such as Islam and the West, civil rights in the age of cyber- surveillance and climate change. His imaginative writing sits at the centre of a number of defining contemporary concerns, in particular the relationship between identity, language and culture. This volume contains an interview with Trojanow,...

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