South Tyrol mourns the loss of one of its greatest writers. Joseph Zoderer passed away at the age of 86. He succumbed to the effects of a fall yesterday in his apartment.
Joseph Zoderer who was born in Meran in 1935 as an optant child, initially lived in Graz. At the age of 13, the family moved to Switzerland. Then Zoderer returned to South Tyrol and attended high school. In the 1970s he worked for Rai in Bozen as a news editor. He made his literary debut in 1976 with the novel “The Happiness of Washing Your Hands”.
He described himself as a “German author with an Austrian cultural background and an Italian passport”. Zoderer is considered one of the most important authors in South Tyrol. His books have been translated into several languages and two novels have been filmed. He has received numerous literary awards, was an honorary citizen of the city of Meran and received this year the badge of honor of the state of Tyrol.