Satis Shroff


Satis Shroff teaches Creative Writing at the University of Freiburg,also VHS, and is the published author of three books on Im Schatten des Himalaya (book of poems in German), Through Nepalese Eyes (travelogue), Katmandu, Katmandu (poetry and prose anthology by Nepalese authors, edited by Satis Shroff). His lyrical works have been published in literary poetry sites: Slow Trains, International Zeitschrift, World Poetry Society (WPS), New Writing North, Muses Review, The Megaphone, Pen Himalaya, Interpoetry. Satis Shroff is a member of "Writers of Peace", poets, essayists, novelists (PEN), World Poetry Society (WPS) and The Asian Writer.

Satis Shroff is a poet and writer based in Freiburg (poems, fiction, non-fiction) who also writes on ecological, ethno-medical, culture-ethnological themes. He has studied Zoology and Botany in Nepal, Medicine and Social Sciences in Germany and Creative Writing in Freiburg and the United Kingdom. He describes himself as a mediator between western and eastern cultures and sees his future as a writer and poet. Since literature is one of the most important means of cross-cultural learning, he is dedicated to promoting and creating awareness for Creative Writing and transcultural togetherness in his writings, and in preserving an attitude of Miteinander in this world. He lectures in Basle (Switzerland) and in Germany at the Akademie für medizinische Berufe (University Klinikum Freiburg).Satis Shroff was awarded the German Academic Exchange Prize and was honoured for his social engagement for the refugees and asyl-seekers by Green City Freiburg.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I really started writing when I went to Kathmandu to do my BSc in Zoology and Botany. I used to write articles and stories in The Rising Nepal, an Engish daily. The day Satchmo died I had the urge to write something about this great trumpet player. After college I joined the newspaper and wrote a science column of my own (mostly conservation of wildlife in Nepal) and about cultural events, now and then about a yeti-expedition or about glaciers in the Himalayas.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a memoir about a young writer who goes west to study, meets interesting people, travels to fascinating countries, tries out different cuisine and gets to know about the Germanfolk as a student, as a lecturer, singer in a men's choire. He also visits his former home-country and is interested in the literature of the two countries, as well as English literature. Nepal's lingua franca is Nepali but since his parents sent him to an Irish school his first language remains English. A big tectonic quake causes a lot of suffering in the small mountainous country but the reason why the writer goes to Nepal is to bid farewell to his past for he's incurably ill--he's a tumor patient. On his way back to Nepal he recalls his life in the East and the West.
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Where to find Satis Shroff online

Where to buy in print


Zeitgeistlyrik: Im Schatten des Himalaya
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: German. Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In seiner Anthologie von Lyrik geht es zum Teil um politische Lyrik über den Krieg in Nepal, das traurige Schicksal der nepalesischen Bevölkerung, die Wiederentstehung von Neonazismus in Deutschland, Liebe und Frauenleiden. Seine bikulturelle Perspektive bereichern seine Gedichte, die herzzerreissend und traurig sind. Wenn er von ‚Heim’ spricht, kehrt er immer wieder zu seinem Herkunftsland.

Satis Shroff's tag cloud

ethnicity    germany    gurkhas    himalayas    lyrik    nepal    poor    rich and poor    schwarzwald    sherpas    togetherness    zeitgeist