Philipp Blom


Philipp Blom is a historian, writer, broadcaster and film author who was born in Hamburg in 1970. After reading philosophy and Jewish studies in Vienna, and oriental studies and intellectual history at Oxford University, he received a D.Phil. and worked in publishing and journalism, before concentrating on my books. He has worked in London and Paris and currently lives in Vienna. In 2013, Blom spent a year as an invited scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

His books of narrative history so far include ENCYCLOPEDIE (St. Martin's Press, 2005), THE VERTIGO YEARS (Basic Books, 2008), A WICKED COMPANY (Basic Books, 2010), and most recently FRACTURE (Basic Books, 2015). They have won several international prizes. Blom has also written three novels (THE SIMMONS PAPERS, LUXOR, and AMSTERDAM) and two books on wine. In parallel with his historical and literary work, Blom is a regular presenter of a cultural discussion programme on Austrian national radio and has participated in documentaries and films for the BBC, as well as German, Austrian, Swiss and US TV, and radio shows. The TV series The Vertigo Years, which he wrote and presented, has been shown on German TV stations over a hundred times and was awarded a Romy Award for best documentary, as well as an Erasmus Euromedia Award.

Blom's most recent book is THE NIGHTMARE OF REASON. It was a bestseller for Hanser in Germany, has been sold in half a dozen countries, and is forthcoming from Liveright & Co.

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