Brigitte Kronauer

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Brigitte Kronauer (2005)

Brigitte Kronauer (born December 29, 1940 in Essen ; † July 22, 2019 in Hamburg ) was a German writer . Since 1974 she has lived and worked as an author in Hamburg.


Brigitte Kronauer grew up in the Ruhr area and began writing her first stories as a child, as her father asked her to practice writing because of her illegible handwriting. She assured her father that she was allowed to write her own texts and not templates that her father submitted to her. At the age of 16 she wrote radio plays and sent them to publishers. She studied German and pedagogy and initially worked as a teacher in Aachen and Göttingen for a few years . She was married to the art scholar and educator Armin Schreiber.

In the 1970s and 1980s she was in regular contact with the Austrian magazine das pult (St. Pölten) and its publisher, Klaus Sandler . At the beginning of her journalistic career, she moved to Hamburg. It seemed to her heavenly , in a city on the river with white villas and sailing boats to live.

Her first novel, Frau Mühlenbeck im Housing (1980), attracted a lot of attention. The novel Teufelsbrück from 2000 is partly set in Arosa , where Kronauer was regularly on vacation. Kronauer wrote regularly for the magazine specifically .

Kronauer has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry since 1988 and has won numerous literary prizes, including the Georg Büchner Prize (2005). In 2011 she held the Tübingen poetics lectureship . In the same year she received the Bavarian Literature Prize ( Jean-Paul Prize ) in recognition of the entire literary work. Her novel The Sheik of Aachen was shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Fair 2017 award .

In the same year she was awarded the Thomas Mann Prize , and the laudation was given by Martin Mosebach . The prize donors praised their previous work as “linguistic works of art that combine formal boldness with psychological subtlety”. Kronauer is an “heir to the great tradition of Jean Paul ” and she possesses “the ability to use language to form equivalents for a reality that is splintered in many ways, which come together under her hands to form an unmistakable melody”. Kronauer was unable to accept the award himself for reasons of illness.

Kronauer died in July 2019 at the age of 78 after a long illness in Hamburg. She lived there since 1974 in the Nienstedten district .


Kronauer in 2013

In the program Doppelkopf from hr2-kultur , Kronauer said that she felt very close to Ror Wolf's prose . A tribute to Wolf for her already appeared in the pult under the title Appearance on the horizon .

In a review for , Peter Mohr wrote on the occasion of the novel Desire for Music and Mountains (2004):

“Brigitte Kronauer is one of the most educated, linguistically powerful and ambitious women writers in the German-speaking world. The native of Essen, who has lived in Hamburg for many years and has received numerous literary prizes, has now presented a novel that solidifies in beauty. A book about love, about art, about philosophy and politics - a polyphonic, more essayistic than narrative word painting, in which every brushstroke is carefully considered, but which nevertheless passes the viewer / reader relatively without a trace. "

Eberhard Hübner came to a different assessment in the Spiegel Special (4/2004). He wrote about the desire for music and mountains :

“Kronauer's sentences want to change the reader's inner optics, at least for the duration of the novel. You are drawn into a kaleidoscope of perceptions and imaginations that has little in common with the usual novel realism. "

And further:

“The title is a Nietzsche quote from the aphorisms of his 'Dawn'. Nietzsche explains that they are 'fictions' that give this desire 'scope and discharge'. Brigitte Kronauer's novel fulfills both of these in a way that is quite unique for contemporary German literature. "

Tilman Krause concluded his review in Die Welt on October 2, 2004 with the words:

"[...] with relish that one would like to read all over again immediately."


Awarding of the Jean Paul Prize by the Bavarian State Minister Wolfgang Heubisch (2011)

Poetics lectures / poetics lectures




radio play

  • Mr. Hagenbeck pastors. Hessischer Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk 2014



  • Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Ed.): Brigitte Kronauer. (= Text + criticism. 112). Munich 1991.
  • Patrick Bahners : Union through the picture. Laudation to Brigitte Kronauer. In: German Academy for Language and Poetry. Yearbook 2005. Darmstadt 2006, pp. 124–132.
  • Markus Barth: The art of living in everyday life. Analysis of the works of Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard and Brigitte Kronauer. Wiesbaden 1998.
  • Reinhard Baumgart : The light that casts no shadows. Attempt to describe the uniqueness of the writer Brigitte Kronauer. In: The time. No. 51, December 15, 1989, pp. 66f.
  • Martin Brunkhorst: literature and passion. The picture of the philologist in Heinrich Mann, Vladimir Nabokov and Brigitte Kronauer. In: Friedrich W. Block (Ed.): Do we understand each other? For the mutual assessment of literature and science. Festschrift for Anselm Maler. Frankfurt am Main 1996, pp. 67-99.
  • Bettina Clausen : The metalanguage of structure. Brigitte Kronauer's "Rita Münster". In: The German Quarterly. 1990, p. 437 ff. (Also in: Paul Michael Lützeler (Ed.): Spätmoderne und Postmoderne. Fischer TB, Frankfurt am Main 1991, p. 157 ff.)
  • Bettina Clausen: An astonishing fall and rise. On the prose of Brigitte Kronauer. In: Mercury. 45, No. 5, 1991, pp. 442-447.
  • Bettina Clausen: Brigitte Kronauer. In: Frank Rainer Max, Christine Ruhrberg (eds.): Reclams Romanlexikon. Volume 5: 20th Century III. Reclam, Stuttgart 2000, p. 329 ff.
  • Bettina Clausen, Thomas Kopfermann, Uta Kutter (eds.): Literary portrait Brigitte Kronauer In: Writings of the academy for spoken word. No. 6, Stuttgart 2004.
  • Meike Feßmann : Targeted naturalization. Modernity and romanticism in the work of Brigitte Kronauer. In: Sense and Form. 56, No. 4, 2004, pp. 487-503.
  • Wilhelm Genazino : Brigitte Kronauer. In: Dietz-Rüdiger Moser (Hrsg.): New manual of German contemporary literature since 1945. Munich 1990, pp. 391–392.
  • Günter Häntzschel: The collection, the queen of my fixed ideas . Collectors and collections in Brigitte Kronauer's novel "Errötende Mörder". In: Aufbruch und Vermittlungs - Contributions from Luxembourg and European literary and cultural history. Bielefeld 2010, pp. 769-779.
  • Jutta Ittner: The emphatic look. Conversation with Brigitte Kronauer. In: New German Literature: Journal for German-Language Literature (NDL). 49, Issue 1, 2001, pp. 44-57.
  • Jutta Ittner: Epiphanies at the Supermarket: An Interview with Brigitte Kronauer. In: Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. 27, Issue 1, 2003, pp. 103-121.
  • Jutta Ittner (Ed.): Constructs of Desire. Selections from Brigitte Kronauer . Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg 2009.
  • Werner Jung: Literature is shape. Conversation with Brigitte Kronauer. In: New German Literature: Journal for German-Language Literature (NDL). 49, Issue 1, 2001, pp. 29-38.
  • Ursula Liebertz-Grün: Looking for an ecological aesthetic. Nature and art in Brigitte Kronauer's work. In: Urte Helduser, Johannes Weiß (ed.): The modernity of romanticism. For the return of the unequal. Kassel 1999, pp. 219-242.
  • Ursula Lüdke: Function and effect of ambiguity in the narrative work of the writer Brigitte Kronauer. (Full text)
  • Gerhard Moser: The metaphysical field. Conversation with Brigitte Kronauer. In: literature and criticism. Issue 172, pp. 414-427.
  • Ursula Renate Riedner: Linguistic fields and literary effects: exemplary analyzes of Brigitte Kronauer's novel "Rita Münster". Munich 1996, ISBN 3-89129-133-7 .
  • Gerlinde Röder-Bolten: The Emptiness of All Things under Heaven: Joseph Conrad and Brigitte Kronauer's "Mounted Archer". In: Conradiana: A Journal of Joseph Conrad Studies. 38, No. 3, 2006, pp. 229-246.
  • Heinz F. Schafroth (ed.): The visibility of things. About Brigitte Kronauer. Stuttgart 1998.
  • Dagmar Schulz: Stylistic elements in Brigitte Kronauer's prose exemplified on “Rita Münster”, “Mounted archer” and “Ms. Mühlenbeck in the case”. In: Focus on Literature. Vol. 1, No. 2, 1994, pp. 141-150.
  • Oliver Sill: Retreat to the limitless. “The bed” as a leitmotif in Brigitte Kronauer's prose. In: Walter Delabar et al. (Ed.): New Generation - New storytelling. German prose literature of the eighties. Opladen 1993.
  • Dörte Thormählen: Shadow games. The real as the other with Brigitte Kronauer. In: Language in the Technical Age. Issue 132, 1994, pp. 379-390.
  • Anna E. Wilkens: Art, literature and reality in Brigitte Kronauer's novel “Mounted Archer”. Würzburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-8260-4829-6 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Brigitte Kronauer is dead
  2. ^ Marler Zeitung July 24, 2019 page 13, Christiane Bosch
  3. ^ Marler Zeitung July 24, 2019 page 13; Christiane Bosch
  4. Winner of the Karl Vossler Prize ( Memento of the original from June 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Nominations for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2017 . In: . Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  6. Brigitte Kronauer receives the Thomas Mann Prize 2017 / combination of formal boldness with psychological subtlety . In: July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  7. Brigitte Kronauer passed away ,, published and accessed on July 23, 2019.
  8. Hamburg writer Brigitte Kronauer has died. In: July 23, 2019, accessed July 5, 2019 .
  9. (39/1975), collected in Essays on Literature 1987, pp. 9-21.
  10. ^ Peter Mohr: Race with James Ensor - Brigitte Kronauer's novel "Desire for Music and Mountains". In: October 1, 2004, accessed September 25, 2009 .
  11. Radio play series: Bibelprojekt - Brigitte Kronauer: Herr Hagenbeck hirtet ( Memento from October 19, 2014 in the web archive ) HR October 19, 2014, accessed October 19, 2014.