In memoriam Lothar Baier

2004 August 4
In memoriam Lothar Baier

Lothar Baier died in the night from the 9 to the 10 July 2004 in Montreal, Canada. He lived for a longtime in France, and was closely tied to French language and culture. In 2002, he decided to move from Frankfurt to Canada.

Born in 1942 in Karlsruhe, he was a novelist (Le Délai, 1992), critic (Text und Kritik), and a prolific translator of works by André Breton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Simenon and particularly Paul Nizan.

Since the 1980s, Lothar Baier was a regular participant of the European Meetings of Cultural Journals and closely associated with the Eurozine project as a friend and author. He was co-founder of the magazine Text und Kritik, editorial member of the Zurich weekly Wochenzeitung and regular contributor to Wespennest, where his last text appeared in June.

His contributions for German-language and international newspapers and magazines are countless. We will miss his pointed criticism, his gentle humour, his stupendous knowledge, as well as his essayistic stile, his solidarity for a common cause, his kind friendship and his incorruptible intellectualism.