Günter Herburger was the son of a veterinarian . From 1945 to 1950 he attended the Urspring School in Schelklingen . He then began to study Sanskrit , philosophy and theater studies at the University of Munich . Herburger broke off this course in 1954 and went traveling. He lived intermittently in Ibiza , Madrid and Oran and kept afloat with odd jobs. In Paris he had contact with the author Joseph Breitbach . In 1956 he was forced to return to Munich for health reasons . He was working on his first novel . After marrying his first wife, Brunhilde Braatz, in Munich, the couple moved across Europe together. In 1957 they separated and Herburger went back to Isny im Allgäu. He tried to get a job at the Süddeutscher Rundfunk in Stuttgart and worked for a year on the production of live broadcasts and documentaries . During this time, Herburger managed, through the mediation of Helmut Heißenbüttels , to establish contacts with other writers and to publish his first texts. In 1962 he married the actress Ingrid Mannstaedt, with whom he went to Celle in 1963 . Writing now became his main occupation, and in 1964 his first volume of prose appeared, which was well received by the critics; in addition, radio plays and film scripts were created . From 1964 Herburger took part in the meetings of Group 47 . In 1967 the Herburger family moved to Berlin-Friedenau , where the author was in close contact with numerous fellow writers and the beginning student movement .
In 1973 Herburger returned to Munich after his second marriage failed. There he married Rosemarie Leitner and began work on the “Thuja Trilogy”, a cycle of novels that would keep him busy until the 1990s. Herburger was politically active as a member of the German Communist Party (DKP) and stayed temporarily in the GDR for study purposes ; later, however, a certain disillusionment set in with the party's dogmatic course. In 1973, together with Martin Gregor-Dellin , Michael Krüger , Paul Wühr , Christoph Buggert and Tankred Dorst, he founded the first author's bookstore organized as a cooperative in Munich . In 1974, after the birth of a disabled daughter, Herburger withdrew more and more from the literary business, which, despite the numerous prizes awarded to him, took less and less notice of him.
In 1975 he published the poem "To improve the feuillet", in which he expressed his rejection of Wolfram Siebeck and other authors. Siebeck replied in the gloss "With a German tongue".
Herburger, who was initially one of the “New Realists” sponsored by Dieter Wellershoff , has been the originator of socialist , imaginative, utopian worlds since the 1970s and assumed an outsider position in contemporary German-language literature. He was the author of poems , children's books , radio plays and a member of the PEN Center Germany .
Günter Herburger died on May 3, 2018 at the age of 86 in Berlin, two weeks after his wife Rosemarie. He was buried in the municipal cemetery in Isny im Allgäu.
Awards and honors
- 1965: "Young Generation Prize", literature (sponsorship prize of the Berlin Art Prize )
- 1967: Adolf Grimme Prize with gold for the script for The Beginning (together with Peter Lilienthal and Gérard Vandenberg )
- 1973: Bremen Literature Prize
- 1979: Gerrit Engelke Prize (together with Günter Wallraff )
- 1991: Peter Huchel Prize
- 1991: Tukan Prize
- 1992: Hans Erich Nossack Prize
- 1997: Literature Prize of the City of Munich
- 2008: Prize of the SWR best list for The Kiss
- 2011: by authors for authors
- 2011: Johann Friedrich von Cotta Prize for Literature and Translation from the City of Stuttgart
- An even landscape. Stories. , Kiepenheuer & Witsch publishing house, Cologne Berlin 1964.
- Valves. Poems. Publishing house Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne Berlin 1966.
- The fair. Novel. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Neuwied Berlin 1969.
- Jesus in Osaka. Science fiction. Luchterhand literature publisher, Neuwied Berlin 1970.
- Training. Poems. Luchterhand literature publisher, Neuwied Berlin 1970.
- Pear can do everything. 26 adventure stories for children. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Neuwied Berlin 1971.
- Pear can do even more. 26 adventure stories for children. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1971.
- The capture of the citadel. Stories. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1972.
- Helmut in der Stadt Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek near Hamburg 1972.
- The American daughter. Poems, essays, radio plays, stories, films. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1973.
- Operetta. Poems Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1973.
- Cooking better. In 52 kinds , Verlag Eremiten-Presse, Düsseldorf 1974. (together with Birte Lena)
- Bulb burns out. 26 adventure stories for children and adults. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1975.
- Head teacher Hofer. A case of Pentecost. Two stories. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1975.
- Aims. Poems. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek near Hamburg 1977.
Flight into the heart. Novel. Luchterhand literature publisher, Darmstadt Neuwied. (Part 1 of the Thuja Trilogy).
- Volume 1, 1977.
- Volume 2, 1977.
- Orchid. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1979.
The eyes of the fighters. Novel. Luchterhand literature publisher, Darmstadt Neuwied. (Part 2 of the Thuja Trilogy).
- Volume 1 First Journey , 1980.
- Volume 2 Second Journey , 1983.
- View from paradise. Thuja. Two games on the same theme. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1981.
- Macadam. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1982.
- The flicker of the fire in the land. Descriptions. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1983.
- Capri. The story of a thief. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1984.
- The warehouse. Selected poems 1966–1982. , Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1984.
- Passmoré for children. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt Neuwied 1986.
- Ways of the cross. Oberschwäbische Verlags-Anstalt, Ravensburg 1988.
- Lauf und Wahn Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Darmstadt 1988.
- The house on fire. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990.
- Lena. The capture of the citadel. Two stories. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Frankfurt am Main 1991.
- Thuja. Novel. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Hamburg Zurich 1991. (Part 3 of the Thuja trilogy).
- Storm and silence. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Hamburg 1993.
- Happiness. Photonovelles. A1 Verlag, Munich 1994.
- Dream and Train , 1994
- Pear returns. New adventure stories. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 1996.
- Love. Photonovelles. A1 Verlag, Munich 1996.
- In the mountains. Poems. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 1998, ISBN 978-3-630-86996-4 .
- Elsa. Novel. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 1999, ISBN 978-3-630-87028-1 .
- The horror sweetie. Mini photonovelle. A1 Verlag, Munich 1999, ISBN 978-3-927743-45-8 .
- Humboldt. Travel novellas. A1 Verlag, Munich 2001, ISBN 978-3-927743-56-4 .
- A flying fortress. Poems. A1 Verlag, Munich 2002, ISBN 978-3-927743-62-5 .
- Sleep and Route A1 Verlag, Munich 2004, ISBN 978-3-927743-74-8 .
- The death. Photonovelles. A1 Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-927743-85-4 .
- Trilogy of Waste. Happiness, love, death. Photonovelles. A1 Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-927743-86-1 .
- The kiss. Poems. A1 Verlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-940666-02-4 .
- The trilogy of paws. Three essays by Günter Herburger and forty-eight monotypes by Günther Förg. Snoeck Verlag, Cologne 2008, ISBN 978-3-936859-77-5 .
- A hole in the landscape. Poems. A1 Verlag, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-940666-16-1 .
- Haitata: little wild novels. A1 Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-940666-23-9 .
- Wilderness, singing. Novel. Hanani Verlag, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-944174-24-2 .
- Édouard Dujardin : Sliced laurel. Novel . Translated from the French by Günter Herburger, Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne Berlin 1966.
- Date 6 p.m. from the TV series Fernfahrer , Süddeutscher Rundfunk for ARD , February 17, 1963
- Tattoo (together with Johannes Schaaf ), 1967
- Open day (together with Peter Märthesheimer ), WDR Cologne, 1967
- Tanker , WDR Cologne, 1970
- Günter Herburger: texts, data, images , ed. v. Klaus Siblewski . Hamburg and others: Luchterhand 1991. (= Luchterhand collection; 1005) ISBN 3-630-71005-0
- Günter Herburger: Texts - Documents - Materials. Moos among others: Elster-Verl. 1992. (= Peter Huchel Prize; 1991) ISBN 3-89151-142-6
- Gerd Holzheimer: Courier between the camps. On the poetics of Günter Herburger. Munich: A-1 publ. 1999. (= MonAkzente; 8) ISBN 3-927743-44-5
- Hanna Schnedl-Bubenicek: Relations. On the alienation of the Christian in texts by Heinrich Böll, Barbara Frischmuth, Günter Herburger, Jutta Schutting and others Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Heinz 1984. (= Stuttgart works on German studies; 147; Salzburg contributions; 10) ISBN 3-88099-151-0
- Literature by and about Günter Herburger in the catalog of the German National Library
- Short biography and information on the work of Günter Herburger at Literaturport
- Günter Herburger in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Günter Herburger on the A1 Verlag website
- Page no longer available , search in web archives: Günter Herburger in an interview as a SWR2 contemporary ) (
- Günter Herburger in the Bavarian literature portal (project of the Bavarian State Library )
- »He loved extremes« On the death of the writer Günter Herburger. A portrait in the title culture magazine
- Tobias Lehmkuhl : Writer Günter Herburger: Der Marathonmann , contribution from May 3, 2019 in the series Zeitfragen from Deutschlandfunk Kultur , repetition of a portrait from April 7, 2017 on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of his death ( script for the original program as PDF (about 200 kB))
- Alex Rühle: Günter Herburger died , at: sz.de, accessed on May 7, 2018
- zeit.de: With a German tongue
- Tobias Schumacher: The marathon man, the power of observation and the Allgäu . Schwäbische Zeitung, May 26, 2018, p. 17 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 6, 1932|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Isny in the Allgäu|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 3, 2018|
|Place of death||Berlin|