Adelbert von Chamisso Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Ilir Ferra

Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Promotional Prize 2012

Born in Durrës, Albania, in 1974, Ferra has lived in Vienna since 1991, where he studied translation studies (English and Italian). Today he works as an author, translator, and interpreter. His award-winning story “Halber Atem” was published in 2008. Ilir Ferra then released his debut German-language novel, “Rauchschatten,” in 2010. According to the jury’s statement, the novel, which takes place in the 1980s in the Albanian harbor city Dürres, stands out particularly due to its idiosyncratically metaphorical, linguistically persuasive depiction of sensory details: “The protagonist’s experiences, secrets, desires, and discoveries are told with a terse, often almost lyrical diction. They offer a sensitive look at the life of a family, a city, and a whole country that is shaped by an all-encompassing lack of freedom. Ilir Ferra shows how the shadows of an inhumane, paranoid, and omnipresent dictatorship reach deep into the souls of the people and cast a cloud over their lives.”



Novel. Edition Atelier, Vienna 2014

Aus dem Fluss.
Prose. Textlicht-Reihe. Edition Atelier, Vienna 2014

Novel. Edition Atelier, Vienna 2010

Halber Atem.
Erzählung. Edition Exil, Vienna 2008