Raymond Federman (1928-2009)
Raymond Federman was born in France in 1928. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan (1951-54), he studied at Columbia University and at U.C.L.A. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett. From 1959-1964 he taught in the French Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara, 1964-1973  in the French Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo, and 1973-1999 as a fiction writer in the English Department at SUNY-Buffalo. In 1990 he was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor, and in 1992 he was appointed to the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature. He retired from SUNY-Buffalo in July 1999. Raymond Federman is a bilingual writer. Although he has published five volumes of poems, four books of criticism on Samuel Beckett,  three collections of essays, numerous articles, essays, and translations he considers himself primarily a fiction writer. To date he has published ten novels. The latest two of them are Loose Shoes (Weidler Verlag, Berlin, 2001), Aunt Rachel's Fur (Fc2/Black Ice Books, 2001). His novels have been translated into German, Italian, French, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Rumanian, Serbian, Greek, Portuguese, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and are soon to appear in Finnish and Turkish.
Raymond Federman passed away in San Diego on 6 October 2009, aged 81.

Books available from Poetry Salzburg:

Raymond Federman: the precipice and other catastrophies / der abgrund und andere katastrophen, 1999. 159 pp. ISBN-13 978-3-901993-04-6; ISBN-10 3-901993-04-5
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