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Ingo Schulze was born in Dresden in 1962. After receiving an arts degree from the University of Jena (Classical Languages) he worked as a dramaturgist at the State Theater Altenburg in Eastern Thuringia for two years. After the German reunification he became the cofounder of a weekly paper, the Altenburger Tageblatt. In 1993 he went to St. Petersburg for six months to build up a similar newspaper there. Since 1993, he has been living in Berlin as a freelance author.
33 Augenblicke des Glücks (Thirty-three Moments of Happiness), Ingo Schulze's first collection of short stories, received several awards, among them the Ernst-Willner-Preis of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann-Wettbewerb, and the Aspekte-Literaturpreis 1995. After the book was published in the United States in 1997, the New Yorker reprinted three of his stories, an honor that previously had been given to only three other German authors: Max Frisch, Heinrich Böll, and Peter Handke. In 1998, The New Yorker named Ingo Schulze among the five most promising European authors. His first novel, Simple Storys. Ein Roman aus der ostdeutschen Provinz was published in spring 1998 and received the Berliner Literaturpreis; in the same year, Schulze also was awarded the Johannes-Bobrowski-Medaille for an unpublished novel with the working title Titus Türmer (to be published by Berlin Verlag in the fall of 2004).
Ingo Schulze's books have been translated into several languages. 33 Augenblicke des Glücks has been published in the United States (Knopf), Great Britain (Macmillan), France (Fayard), Italy (Mondadori), Spain (Destino), the Netherlands (Van Gennep), Russia (Novikoff), Korea (Munhakdongne), and Turkey (AD Publishing). Simple Storys has been published in the United States (Knopf), France (Fayard), Italy (Mondadori), Spain (Destino), Sweden (Norstedt), Finland (Otava), Denmark (Gyldendal), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), the Netherlands (Van Gennep), Greece (Kastaniotis), Turkey (AD Publishing), and Brazil (Nova Aguilar).