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May 21, 2014

Frieder Faist

[Continuing my series of little biographical posts of the Deutschen Krimi Preis winners, translated from the German Wikipedia.]

Frieder Faist (June 19, 1948 - August 6, 2008) was a German author of crime fiction and a screenwriter.

Faist was born in Augsburg. He served an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk and worked as an administrative officer. Until 1980, he ran a pub in his hometown, where he had lived since his birth.

He was part of a poetic group called Pitz Kinzer, which aimed to rehabilitate drug addicts by means of literature.

Faist wrote a series of crime novels set in Augsburg. He also wrote several radio plays. In 1982 and 1987, he received the Art Prize of Augsburg. In 1985, he won the Deutscher Krimi Preis for his novel Schattenspiele (1984).


And, no surprises here, his books are not available in English translation.


According to a reviewer of one of Faist's novels (Nebenrollen (1986)), Faist wrote in Chandleresque style, brimming with black humour. On the other hand, the reviewer Karl-Heinz Götze said, the humour was not as funny or as entertaining as the author wanted it to be. (Die Zeit, April 10, 1987.)


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