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Lukas Rietzschel was born in 1994 in Raecklewitz, East-Saxony, and currently lives in the city of Goerlitz. His debut novel Mit der Faust in die Welt schlagen (Punching the World) was a bestseller, and was adapted for the stage. The novel was nominated for the aspekte award, and received the Gellert Award. In 2021, Lukas Rietzschel's first dramatic text premiered at the Leipzig Theatre: Widerstand (Resistance). In 2022, Rietzschel published his second novel, Raumfahrer (Spaceman). In the same year, he was awarded the Saechsischer Literaturpreis (Literary Award of Saxony). In 2023 he will be writer-in-residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles.