The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

May 15, 2014

Werner Waldhoff

[Continuing my series of little biographical posts of the Deutscher Krimi Preis winners.]

Werner Waldhoff (1943 - 1997) was a German author and translator. He wrote crime fiction under the pen-name Claude Ericsson.

Waldhoff was born in Breslau. After his high school, he spent a short time in the army, following which he joined the merchant navy and travelled to Africa, America and Southeast Asia. He then started and abandoned higher studies in physics, economics and computer science. In between his studies, he worked as a waiter and a truck driver.

Waldhoff was arrested for criminal activities, including car jacking, and imprisoned for four years. He tried several times to escape from gaol. At the end of his sentence, he began to write short crime stories for popular magazines. He also began his translation work at around the same time.

Waldhoff's works include crime novels, books for children, poetry, screenplays for television dramas. Among his translations (into German) are works by authors such as Paul Theroux, Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon, and Jack Kerouac.

In an interview he was asked what he'd like as an epitaph. "I want to speak to my lawyer," he said.

He won the Deutscher Krimi Preis in 1985 for his novels Des einen oder des anderen Glück (1983) and Ausbruch (1984).

Waldhoff died in the summer of 1997.

(Translated loosely from the German Wikipedia.)


None of his books appear to have been translated into English.


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