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Lothar-Günther Buchheim

author, artist (1918-2007)

1918   -   2007

country of citizenship: Germany
languages spoken, written or signed: German
educated at: Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
occupation: painter, publisher, writer, university teacher, war correspondent, photographer, graphic artist
award received: Bavarian Order of Merit, Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, Ernst-Hoferichter-Preis, honorary doctor of the University of Duisburg-Essen

Lothar-Günther Buchheim (listen ) (February 6, 1918 – February 22, 2007) was a German author and painter. In World War II he served as a war correspondent aboard ships and U-boats. He is best known for his 1973 novel The Boat (Das Boot), which became an international bestseller and was adapted in 1981 as an Oscar-nominated film. His art works, collected in a gallery on the banks of the Starnbergersee range from heavily decorated cars - outside -to a variety of mannequins seated or standing as if themselves visitors to the gallery, thus challenging the division between visitor and art work.
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