Hugo Hartung (writer)

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Hugo Andreas Hartung (born September 17, 1902 in Netzschkau , † May 2, 1972 in Munich ) was a German writer , radio play author and occasional screenwriter . He also wrote under the pen name N. Dymion . His best-known work is the successful novel I often think of Piroschka .


Hugo Hartung, the son of an Austrian mother who was born in Vogtland , studied theater, art and literary history in Leipzig, Vienna and Munich from 1922. In 1928 he was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD. He then worked as an actor at the Landesbühne in Munich. In Munich he also met Joachim Ringelnatz and Frank Wedekind . From 1931 Hartung was a successful freelance writer for prestigious magazines, including for Simplicissimus , and from 1933 wrote radio plays for the Bavarian radio. In 1936 he went to Oldenburg as chief dramaturge after being banned from writing. From 1940 he took up the same activity in Breslau . In 1945 he had to take part in the battles for the city as a simple soldier and later created the novel The Great Belmont Music and the documentary novel The sky was down from his experiences .

After the Second World War , Hartung lived in Neustadt an der Orla (Thuringia) until 1947 , then in Potsdam until 1950 and then in West Berlin , where he became a member of the Academy of Arts . In 1960 he came to Munich and devoted himself increasingly to writing. His novels, some serious and some cheerful, have been translated many times and some have been made into films.



  • Friedrich Huch's epic style (dissertation, 1928)
  • Das ist Herr Marinucci (Das Leicht Glück) (Comedy; Music B. Eichhorn, 1936)
  • The Great Belmont Music (Novelle, 1948; 2nd edition and T .: The Deserteur or The Great Belmont Music , 1951)
  • Ewigkeit (story, 1948; changed new edition and title: Stern unter Sternen , novel, 1958)
  • A June Day (narration, 1950)
  • The miraculous journey of the nymphs (pictures E. Eisgruber, 1951)
  • The sky was down (novel, 1951; 1965 with subtitles: From the fight and downfall of Breslau )
  • The fig leaf of beautiful Denise and other dubious stories (stories, 1952; 1957 ud T .: The fig leaf of beautiful Denise. 10 cheerful stories from lovers, monks, dentists and clairvoyants ; 1961 extended edition with subtitle: 14 cheerful […] )
  • But Anne was called Marie (Roman, 1952)
  • Rocked by rain and wind (Roman, 1954)
  • I often think of Piroschka . A cheerful summer story (1954; later with the subtitle: A cheerful novel ; 1973 edition together with: Wiedersehen mit Piroschka )
  • The Court of Paradise (Novella, 1955)
  • Silesia 1944/45. Records and Diaries (1956)
  • We child prodigies. The nevertheless cheerful novel of our life (1957)
  • The Sarmatian Girl - The Galilean Rosalind (story, 1959)
  • Piroschka (stage comedy, first performed 1958)
  • A toast to immortality. Not a cheerful novel (1960)
  • The golden graces. Holiday Stories (1960)
  • King Bogumil King. A cheerful novel (1961)
  • The Bride of Bregenz (8 stories, 1961)
  • Timpe against everyone. A novel by curious old people and young love (1962)
  • The glittering Marietta (story, 1962)
  • O Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas celebrated with Hugo Hartung and many others (1962)
  • The silent adventures. Encounters with people and landscapes (1963)
  • The Joys and Troubles of a Reading Author (1964)
  • Travel with poets. Travel tips from Goethe to Kafka (1964)
  • Your husband is dead and he says hello ... A picaresque novel about the life, love and deeds of Sergeant JBN Schwartlein (1965)
  • The glittering Marietta (short stories compiled by Leo M. Mazakarini, 1966)
  • Our little mister stationmaster. A fairy tale from the world of toy trains (1967)
  • Reunion with Piroschka (travel report, 1967)
  • Childhood is not child's play (novel, 1968; expanded paperback edition 1972)
  • No nightingales in the olive forest (story, 1969)
  • Germany, your Silesians. Rübezahl's restless children (1970)
  • My apple tree, my dachshund and me (1972)
  • We Meisegeiers. The child prodigy part two (novel, 1972)
  • The Silesian Joke, Collected and Recorded (1972)
  • The third light (Collection, 1974; also contains: The silver ship and I became a bell and music )
  • The Potsdam woman (novel, 1979)
  • The Toenchen. A fun story (illustrations by R. Stahle, 1985)
  • Harry Mortimer Batten: Wolf Star. A story of wolves and people from the north (translated by Sigyn Hartung, 1948)
Work edition

Complete edition in 8 volumes. Edited by Sigyn Hartung. Schneekluth, Munich 1982.

  • Volume I: The Sky Was Below - The Deserter or The Great Belmont Music
  • Volume II: Weighed by rain and wind - Silesia 1944/45. Records and diaries
  • Volume III: A toast to immortality. Not a cheerful novel - a star among the stars
  • Volume IV: We Prodigies. The nevertheless cheerful novel of our life - Wir Meisegeiers
  • Volume V: I often think of Piroschka. A cheerful summer story - reunion with Piroschka - The Potsdam woman
  • Volume VI: Your husband is dead and send their regards. A picaresque novel about the life, love and deeds of the sergeant JBN Schwartlein - King Bogumil King - The fig leaf of the beautiful Denise and other questionable stories
  • Volume VII: But Anne was called Marie. A cheerful novel - The glittering Marietta
  • Volume VIII: Childhood Isn't Child's Play. Memories - The golden graces - The bride of Bregenz - No nightingales in the olive forest


  • Werner Heyne (Red.): Famous Vogtlanders. Published by the Association for Vogtland History, Folklore and Regional Studies eV, Volume 2. Satzart, Plauen 1999.
  • Georg H. Schlatter Binswanger: Hugo Hartung. In: German Literature Lexicon . The 20th century. Vol. 14. De Gruyter, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-11-023160-1 , Sp. 386-390.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hugo Hartung. In: Hugo Hartung: I often think of Piroschka. Novel. Licensed edition for Bertelsmann Lesering, Mohn & Co, Gütersloh 1958, p. 253.
  2. Hugo Hartung. 1958, p. 253.
  3. Hugo Hartung. 1958, p. 253.
  4. Kiepenheuer stage sales: Piroschka .