Felicitas Hoppe

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Felicitas Hoppe at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

Felicitas Hoppe (born December 22, 1960 in Hameln ) is a German writer . She is the recipient of the Georg Büchner Prize 2012.

life and work

Felicitas Hoppe was born the third of five children. In 1980 she graduated from the Viktoria-Luise-Gymnasium in Hameln and then studied in Hildesheim , Tübingen , Eugene (Oregon), Berlin and Rome a . a. Literary studies , rhetoric , religious studies , Italian and Russian . She also worked at various language schools and at the Goethe-Institut as a teacher for German as a foreign language , and occasionally as a journalist for various features. She is a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry and the PEN Center Germany .

Hoppe has received numerous scholarships since 1990, and has lived as a writer in Berlin since 1996 . In 1997 she took a trip around the world from Hamburg to Hamburg on a container freight ship and has since been reading, writing and lecturing at home and abroad, both in Europe and overseas. Besides literature, her main interests are music and history . Occasionally she works with visual artists and also writes for various newspapers, magazines and radio as well as literary contributions for mathematics school books. She also writes children's books.

From 1994 to 2003 Hoppe was an author at Rowohlt Verlag . Since 2004 she has been the author of S. Fischer Verlag , where her complete works appear, which have been translated into several languages.

In March 2012, the journalist Elmar Krekeler described Hoppe as “Germany's most fantastic storyteller”. One of her favorite characters in literature is Pinocchio .

Hoppe held poetry lectureships and visiting professorships in Wiesbaden, Mainz, Augsburg and Göttingen as well as at Dartmouth College in Hanover (New Hampshire) and at Georgetown University , Washington, DC . In 2012 she received the visiting professorship for intercultural poetics at the University of Hamburg and was awarded the renowned Georg Büchner Prize by the German Academy for Language and Poetry . "At a time when speaking on one's own behalf is increasingly dominating literature, Felicitas Hoppe's sensitive and, with all sense of humor, melancholy narrative art revolves around the secret of identity," the jury explained the decision.

In 2020 Hoppe was awarded the Grand Prize of the German Literature Fund. The jury's reasoning stated that since the collection of short stories Picnick der Friseure (1996) she had presented a wide range of works - starting with explorations on questions of identity and children's stories to a series of poetics lectures.


Stories, narratives, reports

  • Unfortunate events. Stories. Hoppe-Dörwald, Eppelheim 1991, ISBN 978-3-928459-00-6 .
  • Barbers picnic. Stories. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek near Hamburg 1996, ISBN 978-3-498-02928-9 .
  • The topping-out ceremony. Narrative volume. With nine colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg . Berlin hand press, Berlin 1997.
  • The pie. Narrative volume. With six colored linocuts by Ingrid and Wolfgang Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2000.
  • Fakirs and flutists. Narrative. With four colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2001
  • The trip to Java. A research report. With colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2004.
  • Criminals and Failures: Five Portraits. Narrative volume. Mare Verlag, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 978-3-936384-12-3 .
  • Seven treasures: Augsburg lectures. Narrative volume. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-10-032455-9 .
  • The best place in the world. Narrative volume. Dörlemann Verlag, Zurich 2009, ISBN 978-3-908777-51-9 .
  • Adventure - what is it? Poetics lectures on December 2nd and 3rd, 2009 in Göttingen. Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-8353-0739-1
  • Crown yourself - no one else will crown you. Heidelberg poetics lectureship from June 1, 8 and 15, 2016. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2018, ISBN 978-3-8253-6755-8 .
  • The Making of Pravda. Edited together with Alexej Meschtschanow, Jana Müller and Ulrike Rainer. Distance Verlag, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-95476-282-8
  • Grimm's fairy tales for heroines of today and tomorrow. Selected and provided with a foreword by Felicitas Hoppe. Reclam, Ditzingen 2019, ISBN 978-3-15011213-7

Books for children and young readers

  • Three captains. Berlin hand press, Berlin 1998.
  • From the baker and his wife. With colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 1999.
  • Ingrid's monkeys. A Berlin birthday. With colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2006.
  • Iwein Lion Knight: Based on the novel by Hartmann von Aue . With four color plates by Michael Sowa. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-596-85259-8 .
  • The white woman. A garden party. With colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2008.
  • The pardoned turkey. Animals in the White House. With colored linocuts by Ingrid Jörg. Berlin hand press, Berlin 2010.
  • Green Egg with Bacon: The very best from Dr. Seuss. Original title: Green Eggs and Ham . German translation published by Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-596-85441-7 .


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Awards and grants


Web links

Commons : Felicitas Hoppe  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

To the work

Individual evidence

  1. a b Julia Marre: This is how Felicitas Hoppe experienced Hameln. In: Deister and Weser newspaper. December 1, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  2. Table discussion with Elmar Krekeler . In: Die Welt, March 17, 2012.
  3. Felicitas Hoppe receives the Georg Büchner Prize. In: Zeit Online , accessed on May 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung: Grand Prize for Felicitas Hoppe. Retrieved August 3, 2020 .
  5. Trembling lines. Felicitas Hoppe's story of an aftershock that does not want to end by Hubert Spiegel on December 12, 2000 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, accessed on June 9, 2012
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  7. ^ Between Ilja and Jewgeni in: FAZ from September 15, 2011, page R8
  8. www.felicitas-hoppe-sagt.de
  9. Erich Kästner Prize for Felicitas Hoppe , Deutschlandradio Kultur, October 14, 2015
  10. Grand Prize of the German Literature Fund. Accessed July 30, 2020 .