Simon Lörsch


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Position: Acquisitions Editor

Website: Suhrkamp Verlag

Location: Berlin, Germany


Main areas of interest:

  • Literary fiction
  • Memoir
  • Narrative non-fiction

Simon Lörsch studied German and Latin American Literature in Cologne and Madrid. After graduating and working as a freelance editor for German fiction with S. Fischer Verlag, he joined Berlin-based independent publisher Suhrkamp in 2011. At Suhrkamp Verlag he works as an acquisitions editor on literary fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction, translated from English and Spanish.

His authors include Jennifer Clement, Agustina Bazterrica, Katya Apekina, NoViolet Bulawayo, Maya Angelou, Phil Klay, and William Finnegan. Generally speaking, Simon is most keen on daring, high-quality writing that combines beauty and shock. Australian authors Suhrkamp has published include Gerald Murnane, Lily Brett, Candice Fox, Mark Henshaw, Tim Flannery, Sebastian Smee, and Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys.

For the Tel Aviv-based The Short Story Project, Simon built up an online library of short fiction in the German language, enabling first time translations into English, Spanish and Hebrew of both young contemporary writers like Karen Kohler, Antonia Baum or Saša Stanišić, and classic authors such as Arno Schmidt, Marie Luise Kaschnitz and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Since the northern fall of 2019, Simon is guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin where he holds a seminar about the process and intricacy of publishing foreign fiction in Germany.


Which books do you wish you had published?

The Girls by Emma Cline; On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong;

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney.

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