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Zeh, Juli

Entry updated 28 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1974-    ) German author whose fiction typically transgresses the "realistic" modes it harnesses. Of sf interest are Schilf (2007; trans Christine Lo as Dark Matter 2010; vt Free Fall), a noir thriller whose investigative deconstruction of a world where outcomes can be traced in advance is shaped by metafictional discussions between two physicists, one of whom may be just ahead of the cutting edge of contemporary Physics; in Corpus Delicti (2009; trans Sally-Ann Spencer as The Method 2012), a Near Future surveillance Dystopia is governed on coercive Eugenic lines, the eponymous Method being a compulsory health diet (plus other restrictions). In both novels, the Satire of a modern world on the cusp of falling into post-historical, Posthuman fixity is a conveyed primarily through sharply edged, interrogatory dialogue, at times evocative of a similar recourse in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949): Corpus Delicti has been staged as a play. [JC]

Juli Zeh

born Bonn, Germany: 30 June 1974

works (selected)

  • Schilf (Berlin: Schöffling and Co Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2007) [hb/]
    • Dark Matter (London: Harvill Secker, 2010) [trans by Christine Lo of the above: pb/]
      • Free Fall (New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group/Nan A Talese, 2010) [vt of the above: hb/]
  • Corpus Delicti (Berlin: Schöffling and Co Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2009) [hb/]
    • The Method (London: Harvill Secker, 2012) [trans by Sally-Ann Spencer of the above: hb/Gallerystock and AKG Images]


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