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Author Friedrich Christian Delius passed away on May 30 at the age of 79. His most recent collection of stories, The Seven Languages ​​of Silence, is his legacy. He was considered a “historian of the Federal Republic”.

by Joachim Dix

Rome-born writer Friedrich Christian Delius, a member of the legendary Gruppe 47, died in Berlin. When Rollo Publishing announced the death of writer Friedrich Christian Delius, it was initially a surprise. Didn’t the 79-year-old Dilios announce his departure from PEN, of which he has been a member for 50 years, just two weeks ago in an open letter at FAZ? Because he wanted to protest the way members of the pen deal with the current president, Deniz Yucel. Anyone who interjected loudly and spoke seemed to explode with vitality.

Friedrich Christian Dilius died in Berlin at the age of 79

but not. The author of such important books as “Mogadishu Finsterplatz”, “The Pear of Rebek”, “The Sunday I Became a World Champion” and “Portrait of a Mother as a Young Woman” is on his last journey and henceforth. He speaks his work alone.

His collection of stories, The Seven Languages ​​of Silence, published last year, can now be considered his legacy, especially since writer Dilios has already flirted with his shyness in interviews. Writing helped him break out of that shy shell and find a place for himself as a young writer in the legendary group 47.

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FC Delius took a stand and got involved

He also took charge of the large Siemens group by making the company’s involvement with the Nazis a topic in 1972 in a short text titled “Unsere Siemens-Welt”. That year, Delius became a member of the PEN and gained strong support. Born in Rome in 1943, in the last years of the war, to political participation. Whatever important political event occurred, Dilios used his literary worldview to comment on and translate it into stories.

He dedicated a trilogy of novels to the RAF. He was one of the first West German writers to talk about reunification in the story “Die Pears von Ribbeck”. Dilios developed a special literary force in his texts inspired by his autobiography: “The Sunday I Became a World Champion” and “Portrait of a Mother as a Young Woman”.

He was later honored with the Josef Breitbach and Georg Büchner Prizes

Dilios never ceases to amaze his readers with his original narrative perspectives. In “Sunday I Became World Champion” he recounts the memory of 1954, when Germany won the world soccer championship for the first time in the famous final against Hungary, from the point of view of the then 11-year-old boy. He accompanies his mother in “Portrait of a Mother as a Young Woman”, in the year of his birth, 1943, on a walk through Rome as an unborn child. Only Lawrence Stern brought this up in Tristram Shandy in front of him.

Confrontation with the Church to old age

The big awards – the Josef Breitbach Prize and the Georg Büchner Prize – came late, in 2007 and 2011, and were truly a tribute to a comprehensive life’s work. But it’s not over yet. The priest’s son continued the conflict with the church, sometimes marked by anger, until he was old. In his story “The Pope’s Left Hand” and in his programmatic essay “Why Luther Corrupted the Reformation”.

Who knows how many times we still think of Friedrich Christian Dilius? In any case, he warned us, who was also a lifelong critic of capitalism, only three years ago in his article: “If the Chinese buy Rügen, think of me.”

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In his obituary to Gerrit Bartels: “Being always the ‘quietest,’ Delius later made him a virtue–a blessing in the loudspeaker-driven bustle of narcissistic literature!”–this I redirected to his books with the same calm, but always with a precision that adheres It has language.”

According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Delius’s work “swings between the poles of documentary narrative and accompanies the course of German history from student revolutions to the present day.” De Welt also sees in Delius a “historian of the Federal Republic”, “skeptical, critical, but without a tendency toward Dogmatism.” Died with him not only one of our smartest writers but also one of our most beloved writers.”

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