Reich-Ranicki set for German TV honor

Book critic honored at German Television Awards

COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany's best-known book critic, the entertaining and irascible Marcel Reich-Ranicki, will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's German Television Awards, the German equivalent of the Emmys.

A survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Reich-Ranicki was a key figure in the rehabilitation of German literature after World War II. In 2006, the University of Tel Aviv established the Marcel-Reich-Ranicki chair for German literature in his honor.

Reich-Ranicki became a household name in Germany for his TV show, "The Literary Quartet," which ran on public broadcaster ZDF from 1988-2001. His recommendations became instant best-sellers and his opinionated critiques, delivered in his inimitable biting style, made him a celebrity.

Public broadcaster WDR is in postproduction on a telefilm based on his autobiography, "My Life," which stars Mathias Schweighofer as the young Reich-Ranicki.

Marcel Reich-Ranicki will be honored at the German TV Awards gala Saturday night in Cologne.