Friedrich Christian Delius died at the age of 79. The writer, who received the most prestigious German literary prize – the Georg Büchner Prize – in 2011, was distinguished throughout his life by his keen powers of observation.

The Büchner Prize winner Friedrich Christian Delius is dead. Delius died in Berlin on Monday at the age of 79, the Rowohlt publishing house announced on Tuesday. Rowohlt Berlin publisher Gunnar Schmidt, who also edited Delius, explained that he wrote “as a contemporary, as an alert observer, out of the flow of things – close to the present, close to life.”

Delius was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 2011, the most prestigious German literary prize. The German Academy for Language and Poetry justified this at the time by stating that Delius, as a “critical, resourceful and inventive observer” told the history of the German state of consciousness in the 20th century in his novels and short stories – “from the prehistory of the NS era to the time of division up to the immediate present”.

Delius was born in Rome in February 1943 and grew up in Hesse. He published his first poems at the age of 18, and at the age of 21 he joined Gruppe 47, the best-known West German association of writers.

Delius’ novels and short stories have been translated into more than twenty languages, and his publications have repeatedly caused controversy. The Siemens group went to court against its 1972 documentary satire “Unsere Siemens-Welt”.

The writer repeatedly processed current events with his titles. For example, with “The Sunday I became World Champion”, the German victory at the 1954 World Cup, or with his “German Autumn” trilogy, RAF terrorism.

Deutsche Bahn sold a total of around 38,000 9-euro tickets on which no name was printed. The nameless tickets were apparently only sold in Munich. Customers should now add the name themselves.

Sparkasse is currently warning its customers of a new scam. According to a phishing attempt, users are about to face an alleged changeover. In reality, the attackers only want to get their victims’ data.

Two dead people were discovered on Monday in a remote house in Neustadt am Rübenberge near Hanover. Traces at the site suggest that both died violently.