Irina Liebmann

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Irina Liebmann (born July 23, 1943 in Moscow ) is a German writer .


Irina Liebmann was born in Moscow as the daughter of the emigrated German journalist Rudolf Herrnstadt and his wife Valentina, a Russian Germanist from Siberia . In 1945 the family returned to Germany and settled in East Berlin , where their father helped build up the press in the Eastern Zone until he lost all offices in 1953 for criticizing the SED's policies and was expelled from the party.

Irina Liebmann attended schools in Berlin , Merseburg and Halle (Saale) , which she left with the Abitur in 1961 . She then studied Sinology in Leipzig ; she completed her studies in 1966 with a diploma. From 1967 to 1975 she was an editor at the magazine German Foreign Policy ; From 1975 onwards, now as a freelance writer , she first wrote reports for the Ost-Berliner Wochenpost , but also radio plays and prose.

At the Xth Writers' Congress in the GDR in November 1987, she made a contribution to the discussion in which she (in vain) advocated a “theater of authors”, a theater “in which authors put together the program themselves”. The theater in the GDR criticized it as a bourgeois institution in which the audience did not appear.

In 1988, growing dissatisfaction with the situation in the GDR led her to move to West Berlin with her family .

In the following years she developed a non-fictional prose that is always lyrical and dramatic. This is particularly the case in the novel In Berlin (1994), where deep, emotional impressions of life in divided Berlin are told exclusively in images of the city. The venue for their works is usually the center of Berlin as a place of German history and present, but also as a separate place of life and background of family history.

She has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry since 2014 .



  • Berlin tenement house . Documentary narratives. Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle / Saale / Leipzig 1982.
    • further editions: Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt am Main 1990; Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 3-596-11287-7 ; Berliner Taschenbuch Verlag, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-354-00026-0 .
  • I am a strange bird. Children's book. Altberliner Verlag, Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-357-00264-7 .
  • Speech. Xth Writers' Congress of the GDR. Plenum, November 24 - November 26, 1987. Aufbau Verlag, Berlin / Weimar, 1988. ISBN 3-351-01255-1 .
  • In the middle of the war. Stories. Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt am Main 1989. ISBN 3-8333-0005-1 .
    • other editions: Fischer Verlag, 1992; Berliner Taschenbuchverlag, 2006.
  • Berliner Kindl. Piece. In: Theater texts: Berg, Buhss, Knaup, Liebmann, Müller, Plenzdorf, Trolle, Walsdorf. Edited by Peter Reichel. Henschel Verlag, 1989.
  • Nonsense. Plays. Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt am Main 1990. ISBN 3-627-10077-8 .
  • The seven misses. Children's book. Altberliner Verlag, Berlin 1990.
  • In Berlin. Novel. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1994, ISBN 3-462-02337-3 .
    • further editions: Berliner Taschenbuchverlag 2002 (and 2005).
  • The way to the train station. Play. Henschel, Berlin / Heilbronn 1994.
  • March, Berlin , in: From Abraham to Zwerenz. An anthology as a contribution to intellectual and cultural unity in Germany. (two vol.). Edited by the Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology. Cornelsen Verlag 1995.
  • Where grass grew up to tables. Poems with drawings by Xago. European Publishing House, Hamburg 1995.
  • The beautiful world of animals. Poems with drawings by Xago . I. Liebmann, Rothspalk 1995.
  • Learning to drive in LA poems. Villa Aurora e. V. Berlin, ISBN 978-3-00-033055-1 .
  • Pervomaysk, May Day and La la la LA Poem and Photographs. I. Liebmann, Rothspalk 1996.
  • Last summer in Germany, a romantic trip. Poem. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1997. ISBN 3-462-02634-8 .
    • further edition: Berlin Verlag 2005.
  • Quiet center of Berlin. Essay and photographs. Nicolai, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-87584-150-6 .
    • further edition: Berlin Verlag, 2009.
  • The free women. Novel. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-8270-0347-4 .
  • Would it be nice It would be nice! My father Rudolf Herrnstadt. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-8270-0589-2 .
    • also as an edition of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, series of publications (vol. 719), Bonn 2009.
  • I already have the most beautiful apartment, what should be now? Poems. Transit Buchverlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-88747-248-1 .
  • Georg Seidel: In his spare time the defendant read fairy tales. Edited by Irina Liebmann and Elisabeth Seidel. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1992, ISBN 3-462-02177-X .
  • Three steps to Russia. Narrative. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-8270-1138-1 .
  • The song from Hackescher Markt. Three political poems. Hanani Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-944174-01-3 .
  • The Great Hamburger Strasse. Novel. Schöffling & Co., Frankfurt am Main 2020, ISBN 978-3-89561-258-9 .

Radio plays

  • 1978: Nine reports of Ronald trying to bury his grandmother . Director: Achim Scholz (radio play - radio of the GDR )
  • 1979: Christina Director: Werner Grunow (radio play - Broadcasting of the GDR)
  • 1982: Isn't there anything going on anywhere? Director: Christoph Schroth (radio play - Radio of the GDR)
  • 1982: You have to go now, Ms. Mühsam. Director: Barbara Plensat (radio play - Broadcasting of the GDR)
  • 1988: Did you use the night? Director: Barbara Plensat (radio play - Broadcasting of the GDR)
  • 1990: March, Berlin. (also speaker) - Director: Jörg Jannings (radio play - RIAS Berlin / NDR )
  • 2014: Tell me about Russia. Director: Barbara Plensat (radio play - RBB )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2008 ( Memento of the original from August 12, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Leipziger Messe GmbH  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Text of the laudation by Dagmar Leupold , delivered on March 1, 2015 Digitized versionhttp: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/ 3D% 0A ~ SZ% 3D ~ double-sided% 3D ~ LT% 3D ~ PUR% 3D
  3. Irina Liebmann receives the Uwe Johnson Prize 2020. NDR, July 20, 2020, accessed on July 20, 2020 .