Antje Rávik Strubel

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Antje Rávik Strubel (*1974 in Potsdam) is a writer. After graduating from high school, she trained as a bookseller in Berlin before studying literature, American studies, and psychology at the University of Potsdam and New York University, graduating in 2001. In New York, she worked as a lighting technician in an offstage theater in Greenwich Village, which later became the setting for her first novel, Open Aperture. When the book was published, she decided to use a female author's name; she added the invented name Rávik to her civil name. In 2001, Antje Rávik Strubel received the Ernst Willner Prize of the Klagenfurt Literature Festival, and numerous other awards followed. Her second book, the episodic novel Unter Schnee., was published in 2001.

She regularly teaches at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. In her seminars she has dealt with the blank space in the text as a means of creating suspense and with concepts of love in literature. She is also a translator from English and Swedish (including Joan Didion, Lucia Berlin, Virginia Woolf).

Her most recent publication is the episodic novel In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens (2016).