Grzimek, Martin

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(1950-    ) German author whose sf novel, Die Beschattung (1989; trans Breon Mitchell as Shadowlife 1991), is set in a Near Future world where life has been radically undermined by an environmental cataclysm (see Ecology); the protagonist of the sparsely eloquent tale works in the Central Institute for Biographics, which is dedicated to sustaining something like human life, if only in the form of copies, a goal whose implications are sufficiently dark to turn him to sedition. The novel itself gradually expands from a scrutiny of the nature of a Dystopia, whose welfare initiatives have become greyly peremptory, into a modernist (see Modernism in SF) quest for an underlying reality within these signs of cultural distress. [JC]

Martin Grzimek

born Trutzhain, Hesse, Germany: 8 April 1950

died

works

  • Die Beschattung (Munich, Germany: Hanser, 1989) [hb/]
    • Shadowlife (New York: New Directions, 1991) [trans by Breon Mitchell of the above: hb/Giorgio de Chirico]

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