Faber acquires German prize-winning debut

Faber acquires German prize-winning debut

Faber has acquired a title by debut author Eugen Ruge, winner of this year's German Book Prize.

Editor Sarah Savitt bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the title, In Times of Fading Light, from Katie Dublinski at Graywolf Press at auction. Faber plans to publish in autumn 2013.

The book chronicles an East German family over four generations and five decades, exploring the history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) through its impact on individual lives.

Savitt said: "I am thrilled to be publishing In Times of Fading Light. The novel introduces you to a captivating, complicated family while also offering a fascinating insight into the history of and day-to-day life in East Germany. I hope it will appeal to everyone who was gripped by Stasiland and 'The Lives of Others'. It is also fantastic to add another writer to our strong tradition of fiction in translation."

Ruge was born in the Urals and studied mathematics in Berlin. He left the GDR for the west in 1988, and since 1989 he has been writing and translating for theatres and broadcasters, as well as periodically teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts.