Iain Levison

Iain Levison (* 1963 in Aberdeen) is an American writer of German descent.


Iain Levison was born as the son of German parents in Scotland and came in 1974 to the United States, where he grew up and still lives and works. After completing his studies, he found no work and earned his living by doing odd jobs. So he made in over 40 operations in ten years, such as a shrimp fisherman in Alaska, as a driver, a cook and restaurant manager a wide variety of experiences, which he later processed in his novels.

In his manifesto, published in America work ethic A Working Stiff 's Manifesto - A Memoir of Thirty Jobs as well as in his later novels, he is deeply involved with the exploitation of workers.

His German debut is terminated due to the publication in 2005 detective novel operational reasons, which was also a success in the U.S., Italy and France.

As the translation rights show ( in Germany Matthes & Seitz, the Netherlands De Geus, Feltrinelli in Italy, in England and America Bitter Lemon Press), find his works appreciation and audiences around the world.

Iain Levison lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


  • Operationally terminated. From the American English by Hans Therre. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-88221-845-2.
  • Licked it. My life as human capital. From the American English by Hans Therre. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-88221-865-7. As an audio book spoken by Michael Schrodt. 4 CDs. Book Funk, Leipzig 2008, ISBN 978-3-86847-101-4.
  • Tiburn. From the American English by Hans Therre. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-88221-728-5.


  • Iain Levison: Operationally terminated. Processing / Director: Steffen Moratz, with Jörg Schüttauf, Torben Kessler, Hans Jürgen Hürrig, Götz Schweighoefer, Mirco Kreibich, Udo Schenk, Bernhard Schütz, Rainer Heise, Ellen Hellwig, Andreas Keller, Sigrun Fischer, Peter W. Bachmann, among others, length: about 51 min Central German Broadcasting 2007.