Siegfried Lenz, born in Lyck in East Prussia in 1926, is one of the most important
and widely read writers in postwar and present-day literature. He has published
twelve novels, including The German Lesson, and produced several collections
of short stories, essays, and plays. His works have been published since 1951 by
Hoffmann und Campe, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Goethe Prize
and the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize.