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59009790 Date 10 01 2013 Copyright Imago Rüdiger Wölk Otfried Preußler Children book the Robbers Hotzenplotz Thienemann Verlag Culture Literature Children\u0026#39;s book Children\u0026#39;s literature Book Objects premiumd x0x xkg 2013 horizontal Education Book Federal Germany DEU Germany Europe Europe Federal Republic of Germany ger Germany Literature Object Book Education read Literature Reading
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Author Preussler dies

February 20, 2013

One of Germany's most celebrated children's authors has died. Otfried Preussler wrote dozens of books over half a century, among them international hit Robber Hotzenplotz, which was published in more than 50 languages.


Preussler passed away earlier this week in Prien am Chiemsee, located in southern Germany, according to the Stuttgart publishing company Thienemann Verlag, which made the announcement on Wednesday.

The beloved author of numerous children's stories was 89 years old.

Preussler was born in 1923 in Reichenberg, now known as Liberec, in what was then Czechoslovakia. In 1962, his writing career skyrocketed with the first publication of what later became a children's classic worldwide: "The Robber Hotzenplotz."

The story is a classic tale of good and evil, in which the hero, Kasperl, saves the day with the aid of his friends against a robber named Hotzenplotz.

The three-part series was eventually translated into more than 50 languages. Worldwide sales reached 7.5 million over the years on the market, including 1.3 million copies of "Odoboro Hotzenplotz" sold in Japan alone.

During his lifetime, Preussler published 32 books, including "Krabat" and "The Little Witch."

kms/rc (AFPD, dpa)

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