10 Oct OCTOBER IN KROKODIL’S WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
German writer Jochen Schmidt is the 90th guest of KROKODIL’s Writer-in-residence and he will be staying in Belgrade until the end of October. On the 17th of October, Schmidt will talk about his work with Dragana Kovačević at KROKODIL’s Center for contemporary literature as part of Goethe-institut’s Literary café.
Jochen Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1970 to a family of linguists. He studied computer science and later German and Romance studies. During his studies, he lived in Brest, Valencia, Rome, New York and Moscow and also worked as a French translator. He is one of the founders of the Berlin reading stage Chaussee der Entusiasten to which authors Dan Richter, Andreas Kampa, Stephan Serin, Kirsten Fuchs, Volker Strübing and Robert Naumann also belonged. Schmidt also writes columns for several newspapers, travel guides, blog posts and works as a translator. His works often have autobiographical inspiration concerning the last days of GDR as well as the post-reunification period.
From July 2006 until January 2007 Schmidt read 20 of 3900 pages of Proust’s In Search for Lost Time and published a blog post for each of the sections under the title Schmidt reads Proust (Schmidt liest Proust). In 2008 these texts were collected and published at Voland & Quist and were positively reviewed in German press.
Jochen Schmidt’s stay in KROKODIL’s Writer-in-residence has been supported by Goethe-institut.