Sven Regener

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With his debut novel Herr Lehmann (2001), Sven Regener became known to a wide audience as a writer. Other novels by Regener include Neue Vahr Süd, Der kleiner Bruder and Magical Mystery or the Return of Karl Schmidt. Regener is also the founder and singer of the successful band Element of Crime, for which he has written numerous and always original German-language song lyrics. He wrote the screenplay for the film version of Herr Lehmann.

As a visiting professor, Regener will give a public lecture at the end of May on the topic "Zwischen Depression und Witzelsucht: Humor in Literature." This will be followed by a public reading of his novel Neue Vahr Süd and the seminar "Narrative Perspectives with Herr Lehmann," which is also open to interested parties. The exact dates are yet to be announced.

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Sven Regener (Frankfurt Book Fair 2017)

"As singer and songwriter of the band 'Element of Crime', Sven Regener has been one of the most stimulating German-language artists for more than 30 years, writing music history not only in this country with 'Weißes Papier' (1993) or 'Mittelpunkt der Welt' (2005)," Dr. Stefan Greif, Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Kassel, paid tribute to him. "With his Lehmann trilogy, he has also presented his very own, pop-literary, unusually humorous reappraisal of the 'Wende era,' which has since also been adapted for the theater stage, comics or film. Not to forget his audio book productions and film projects, which make Sven Regener one of the most versatile contemporary authors."

Prizes and awards (selection):

  • 2008 Award of the magazine kulturnews for Der kleine Bruder (The Little Brother)
  • 2011 Honorary Award of the German Record Critics
  • 2012 German Audiobook Award as "Best Performer" for My Years with Hamburg-Heiner
  • 2016 Carl Zuckmayer Medal
  • 2016 German Music Authors Award


<link Greif, Nils Lehnert, Anna-Carina Meywirth (eds.): Sven Regener. TEXT+KRITIK. Journal of Literature. Issue 224 (2019).