Inger-Maria Mahlke

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Inger-Maria Mahlke, 2018

Inger-Maria Mahlke (* 1977 in Hamburg ) is a German writer .


Mahlke grew up in Lübeck . She regularly spent her school holidays with relatives in Tenerife . She studied law at the Free University of Berlin , where she worked at the chair for criminology .

In 2005 she was a participant in an authors' workshop with Herta Müller , in 2008 at the authors' workshop of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and in 2009 at the authors' workshop of the Berlin Literary Colloquium . In the same year she won the 17th Open Mike . On the second part of her debut novel Silberfischchen , she wrote 16 hours a day from January to March 2010. For the novel about a bitter retired police officer who surprisingly takes in a Polish cleaning lady, Inger-Maria Mahlke won the Klaus-Michael Kühne Prize of the Harbor Front Literature Festival in Hamburg, which was awarded for the first time and endowed with 5000 euros . The reasoning states: “The jury is unanimous that Inger-Maria Mahlke has succeeded in producing an almost perfect prose work.” Mahlke is a member of the PEN Center Germany .

At the suggestion of Burkhard Spinnen , Mahlke took part in the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2012 and was awarded the Ernst Willner Prize . In 2014 she received one of seventeen working scholarships for writers from the Berlin Senate's cultural administration and the Karl Arnold Prize of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts . In 2015 her novel Wie Ihr wollt was published , with which she was on the shortlist for the German Book Prize. In 2017 Mahlke was Magdeburg's city clerk for seven months .

Mahlke during an interview at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

In 2018 her novel Archipel was awarded the German Book Prize. The novel tells the story of several families on the island of Tenerife from 1919 to 2015, chronologically backwards over five generations.

Mahlke lives in Berlin.



  • Takis Würger : A man of conviction. Visit to the writer Inger-Maria Mahlke. In: Der Spiegel. No. 39/2018, p. 126f.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Archipel": Inger-Maria Mahlke receives German Book Prize . In: THE TIME . October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. German Book Prize for Inger-Maria Mahlke "Archipel" is the best novel of 2018 . In: 3sat . Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. Tenerife novel: From the vacation island back to the Spanish civil war . MDR culture. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. Winner of the 17th open mike .
  5. FAZ . November 17, 2009, p. 26.
  6. An act of violence in: Kulturspiegel . July 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Klaus-Michael-Kühne-Prize for Inger-Maria Mahlke. In: . September 20, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2017 .
  8. Excellent silverfish in: Hamburger Abendblatt from September 17, 2010.
  9. Days of German-Language Literature 2014: Inger-Maria Mahlke, Berlin (D). Bachmann Prize. ORF Carinthia, accessed on May 21, 2017 .
  10. Working grants for writers awarded in 2014., April 16, 2014, accessed April 26, 2014 .
  11. Awarding of the Karl Arnold Prize 2014 to the writer Inger-Maria Mahlke ( Memento from May 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (
  12. dbp 2015 - winners, shortlist, longlist and the jury of the German Book Prize 2015. Accessed on October 18, 2018 .
  13. Review notes on Archipel at