Titus Müller was born 1977 in Leipzig. He studied literature, medieval history, media and communication studies in Berlin. 21 years old, he founded the literary journal, »Federwelt« [World of the Quill]. Titus Müller is married, has two boys and lives near Munich. He is member of the PEN-Club and received the C.S. Lewis Prize, the Sir Walter Scott Prize and in 2016 the Homer Prize.
All About Me
When I was a child, I exchanged greetings every morning with a man without knowing his name. I loved this habit. We never said a word: just a quick wave – enough to say »hello« between close friends. I have no idea where he went while I was at school, and I never saw him again after my last day.
I created a new ritual while I was at the university: I had discovered a sign at the side entrance to the university campus that read: »Mail and Deliveries«. Bound by a silent agreement with myself, I only entered the campus through this back way. Following my last day, as if someone had been waiting for this occasion, the entry was locked with a wrought iron gate. Today the sign for »Mail and Deliveries« is worn and only partially legible.
I only put books I have read in my bookshelves, never the unread ones. I don’t care if this separates books in a series: the unread ones don’t belong there yet.
In my writing I submerge myself in the world of past centuries. By traveling through time to an era of epidemics, swords, and steam locomotives, I am able to see my own daily life through fresh eyes. We suffer from a lifestyle that rushes past us. We work, sleep, eat, work, sleep eat – and wish that we could hear a blackbird sing again in the mornings. We wish that we could watch ants drag a pine needle. We want to feel the wind that strokes our cheeks. All of that is still there in every day – the blackbird, the ants, the wind – it is only that we have become blind to it due to the speed of our lives.
I collect things and hold them out to others to take. Small found objects: a marble, a feather, an old train ticket. I am a collector, a wonderer, a discoverer by trade.