Bernd Schirmer

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Bernd Schirmer (born February 23, 1940 in Leipzig ) is a German author and dramaturge .

The son of a teacher and a cook was born in Leipzig in 1940, but spent his childhood and youth in the Erzgebirge mountain town of Scheibenberg . After graduating from high school in 1958, he worked for two years in the National People's Army . From 1961 to 1965 Schirmer studied German and English at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig . He then worked as an audio dramaturge in Berlin until 1968 . From 1969 to 1972 he worked as a German lecturer at the University of Algiers and from 1973 to 1991 as a dramaturge for the German television network . Since then he has been a freelance writer. He is a member of the PEN Center Germany .

Schirmer lives in the Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten district of Waldesruh .


  • Where Moths lives, stories, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1973
  • Explorations, 22 Algerian storytellers (editors), Volk und Welt publishing house, Berlin 1973
  • Doktorspiel, narrative, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1976 among other things as an e-book: Edition digital, Godern 2012, ISBN 978-3-86394-769-9
  • Sindbad's cap, short stories, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1980
  • Bread and Salt, Fifteen radio plays from the seventies (publisher), Reclam-Verlag, Leipzig 1982
  • Fatima's hand on my shoulder. Algerian travel pictures, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1984
  • Window seat in Japan. Pictures from a journey, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1989
  • Der Große Eisfresser, children's book, Altberliner Verlag, Berlin 1991
  • Schlehwein's Giraffe, Roman, Eichborn, Frankfurt / Main 1992; Illustrated paperback edition: Edition Schwarzdruck, Berlin, 2000
  • Cahlenberg, Roman, Connewitzer Verlagbuchhandlung Peter Hinke, Leipzig 1994
  • The last summer of the Indians, novel, Eulenspiegel Verlag, Berlin 2005
  • Time out in Naples, A love story, Edition Schwarzdruck, Berlin 2010
  • Silberblick, Roman, Connewitzer Verlagbuchhandlung Peter Hinke, Leipzig 2017



  • Brigitte Böttcher (Ed.): Inventory. Literary profiles . Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle (Saale) 1976, Bernd Schirmer, p. 88 f .

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