Portrait Deniz Utlu_Rainer Mnich

Denİz Utlu

Deniz Utlu, born in Hannover in 1983, studied economics in Berlin und Paris. From 2003 to 2014 he was the editor of freitext, a society and culture magazine. His debut novel, Die Ungehaltenen, was released in 2014 and was adapted for the stage at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in 2015. From 2017 to 2019 he wrote a column titled Einträge ins Logbuch for the Tagesspiegel newspaper. In 2019 his second novel Gegen Morgen (Towards Morning) was published. His other works include plays, poems and essays (for outlets including FAZ, SZ, Tagesspiegel and Der Freitag). He researches at the German Institute for Human Rights and produces the literary series Prosa der Verhältnisse at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. He has received numerous accolades for his work including the Alfred Döblin Prize, the Literaturpreis der Landeshauptstadt Hannover and most recently with the Bayerischen Buchpreis.

Photo: Rainer Mnich