Volker Braun was born in Dresden in 1939. Between school and university – a period extended by the authorities to punish him for his political outspokenness – he did various labouring jobs; then at the University of Leipzig he read philosophy. He worked as dramatist and director at the Berliner Ensemble (with Brecht’s widow, Helene Weigel) and at the Deutsches Theater, also in Berlin. He is the author of numerous plays, and of volumes of fiction, poetry and essays; many of which, before 1989, got him into trouble. He has won many prizes, including the prestigious Georg-Büchner-Preis, in 2000.
– from the introduction by David Constantine in MPT Series 3/2, Diaspora
– photo copyright Peter Heinz Junge