Fabjan Hafner

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Fabjan Hafner (born June 8, 1966 in Klagenfurt ; † May 10, 2016 ) was a Carinthian Slovenian writer , poet , literary scholar and translator from Austria .


academic career

Hafner studied German Philology and Slavic Studies in Graz from 1984 to 1992 . He worked on the research project "Inventory of the Slovene vernacular in Carinthia" and the "Thesaurus of the Slovene vernacular in Carinthia" at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz . From 1990 to 2007 Fabjan Hafner was a lecturer at the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Translation Studies at the same university, and from 1992 to 1997 he was Austrian lecturer at the German Institute of the University of Ljubljana ( Slovenia ).

For 19 years since 1998, he worked for the Robert Musil Institute for Literary Research at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and taught at its German and Slavonic Studies Institute.

In his honor, the Fabjan Hafner Prize was launched in 2017 (sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana in cooperation with the Literary Colloquium Berlin and the Musil-Institut). The prize is awarded for Slovenian-German or German-Slovenian translations and is under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia and the President of the Goethe-Institut eV


Fabjan Hafner lived and worked in Feistritz in the Rosental in southern Carinthia. He had been married to the interpreter Zdenka Hafner-Čelan since 1992 and had two daughters.


As a scientist

  • 2006: Science Award of the Austrian Society for German Studies

As translator

Sponsorship awards

  • 1989: Literature Promotion Prize of the Forum Stadtpark Graz
  • 1991: State Promotion Prize for Literature
  • 1991: Literature Promotion Prize of the City of Graz


  • 1992: Young scholarship for literature
  • 1996: Literature Prize of the City of Villach

Publications (selection)

  • Indigo (1988)
  • The Adventure of Translation (1991)
  • Gelichter + Lichtes (1991)
  • Hands-free kit (2001)
  • Peter Handke. On the way to the ninth land (2008)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Writer Fabjan Hafner died derStandard.at , accessed on May 11, 2016.
  2. Fabjan Hafner. In: furrier German literature calendar 2014/2015: Volume I: A-O . Walter De Gruyter Incorporated, 2014, p. 365, ISBN 978-3-11-033720-4 .
  3. Janko Lavrin Prize