Sherko Fatah was born in 1964 in East Berlin, his father an Iraqi Kurd and his mother a German. He grew up in East Germany and moved with his family to West Berlin in 1975. There he studied philosophy and art history. His narrative work has received numerous awards. Sherko Fatah is being awarded the 2015 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for his prior body of work, in particular for his latest novel Der letzte Ort (The Last Place). According to the jury’s statement, "his books enrich intercultural literary writing through their brutally honest depiction of war and terror. In this context, at the heart of these intense linguistic works of art are the nuanced innermost thoughts of the victims suf-fering from inhumane cruelty and their hope for a peaceful and humane world, which can never be extinguished."
Ehrenpreis zum Deutschen Kritikerpreis, 2002
Hilde-Domin-Preis für Literatur im Exil, 2007
Großer Kunstpreis Berlin, 2015
Stadtschreiber von Bergen 2016/17
Novel. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2014
Ein weißes Land.
Novel. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2011
Das dunkle Schiff.
Novel. Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg 2008
Novel. Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg 2004
Narrations. Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg 2002
Novel. Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg 2001