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Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress - Philipp Blom
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Philipp Blom (Photo credit: Heike Bogenberger)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Philipp Blom
Keynote Speaker


Historian, novelist, journalist and translator

Philipp Blom was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in Detmold, in Germany. After university studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil in Modern History. He started writing at Oxford and published a novel as well as occasional journalism. After university, he worked in London as an editor, translator, writer and freelance journalist, contributing to newspapers, magazines and radio programs in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France.

In 2001, Philipp Blom moved to Paris to concentrate on his books. In 2007 he settled in Vienna, where he continues to write historical nonfiction as well as fiction, and journalism. He presents a cultural discussion program on Austrian national radio and has lectured on philosophy and cultural history in Europe, the US, and South America. He is married to Veronica Buckley, who is also a writer.

Philipp’s current project is At Breaking Point – a historical overview of culture and life during the inter-War period in Europe and the United States.

  • The Vertigo Years – Prize Winner, NDR Nonfiction Prize 2009, Germany
  • The Vertigo Years – Prize Winner, De Groene Waterman Prijs 2010, Belgium
  • The Wicked Company – Prize Winner, Gleim Prize 2011, Germany
  • The Wicked Company – Historical book of the year 2011, Damals Magazin

Photo credit: Heike Bogenberger