Christoph Klimke (born 22 November 1959) is a German writer. His work spans multiple genres—novels, plays, librettos for operas and ballets, poetry, and essays on film and literature. He has written several works on the Italian director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, including Wir sind alle in Gefahr, for which Klimke won the 1995 Ernst Barlach Prize. His novella Der Test oder: Chronik einer veruntreuten Seele was one of the key works in German AIDS literature of the 1990s.[1][2][3]

Life and careerEdit

Klimke was born in Oberhausen and grew up in Kleve. He received his secondary education at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium [de] where his father Wlfgang taught German literature for many years. After graduating with his abitur in 1978, he worked for a while in the German civil service and then pursued further studies in Bonn, Rome and Florence. On his return to Germany in the mid-1980s he settled in Berlin and began his career as a writer. At first he wrote for newspapers and worked as a translator from Italian to German for the publishing company Rowohlt Verlag.[4][5]


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  2. ^ Martin, Marko (16 January 1999). "Der Freibeuter von Kreuzberg". Die Welt. Retrieved 11 March 2018 (in German).
  3. ^ Jones, James W. (2001). "Whose Heroes? German AIDS Literature by Gay Men" in Heroes and Heroism in German Culture: Essays in Honor of Jost Hermand. pp. 193–197. Rodopi. ISBN 9042014563
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  5. ^ Grass, Matthias (28 October 2017). Von der Liebe zur Lyrik "". Rheinische Post. Retrieved 11 March 2018 (in German).