Freddy Derwahl

(Eupen, 1946) After studying literature and sociology at Leuven,, Aachen and Paris, he worked as a journalist und Brussels correspondant for the Aachener Volkszeitung. Between 1972 and 1974 he was press spokesman to several Ministers oft he Belgian Government; in 1975 he joined the Belgisches Rundfunk- und Fernsehzentrum (Belgian Broadcasting and Television Centre, BRF), whose department of culture he led for ten years. He devotes himself to writing alone since 2007. Freddy Derwahl is a PEN Club member, a scholar oft he King Baudouin Foundation and received several literary prizes. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) referred to him as Belgium’s best-known author writing in German.   His poems and travel tales werte published i.a. by the FAZ and Die Zeit. He published several books and photographic guides about Mount Athos in Northern Greece. In 1987, he published the novel Der Mittagsdaemon (The Noon Daemon, Styria Verlag), praised by Heinrich Böll and Reiner, later the autobiographic story Das Haus im Farn (House in the , Fern, 1990) as well as Der kleine Sim on the Liège years of Georges Simenon (Little Sim, 1993, both by GEV). Pattloch Verlag published Eremiten – die Abenteurer der Einsamkeit (Hermits – The Adventure of Solitude, 2000), which provided the basis oft wo documentaries for ARTE; Bavarian Television (BR); BRF; and Austrian Television (ORF); the biography Johannes XXIII (John XXIII); and a double portrait of Pope Benedict XVI and Hans Küng, Der mit dem Fahrrad und der mit dem Alfa kam (He who came by bicycle and he ho came by Alfa). His most recent work of fiction to date is the novel Bosch in Belgien (GEV, 2006), to be published in Catalan by P&P as Finis Belgiae.


Finis Belgiae