Joachim Helfer

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Joachim Helfer (2007)

Joachim Helfer (born August 26, 1964 in Bonn ) is a German writer .


Joachim Helfer grew up in Schwalbach in Hesse . He put the 1984 matriculation examination , and studied then English Studies in Hamburg . After extensive travels through Europe , Africa and the United States , he settled in Hamburg in 1990 as a writer, publicist and translator from English. He has lived in Berlin since 2001 . Until his death in October 2014 he was a partner with the art dealer Ralph Nash (Rolf Nachschön) and has two daughters (* 2005 and 2008) with the journalist Hannah Wettig .

Joachim Helfer is the author of prose works that continue the type of educational and development novel in a modern form. His epic, linguistically and mentally charged narrative style creates a dense atmosphere and haunting psychological characterization. The strong interest in language and artistic form is also reflected in the subjects of his works. Other focus areas are homosexuality and upbringing.

Die Verschwulung der Welt (2006), a joint work with the Lebanese author Raschid ad-Daʿif , in which the two engage in an emotionally charged dialogue about homosexuality and the images of men and women, received special attention at home and abroad .

In addition to prose, Helfer has published numerous essays, essays and articles on various political and intellectual history topics, including as a long-time author of the Netzeitung , in the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Die Welt , dem Rheinischer Merkur , Valerio (series of publications by the German Academy for Language and Poetry), Merkur , Neue Rundschau and others

As editor, Helfer has edited several volumes with statements from intellectuals on political issues, most recently in the run-up to the 2019 European elections the volume Twelve Stars - Philosophers propose a course for Europe .

As a lecturer in literary writing, Helfer led the prose workshop in the Literary Colloquium Berlin and the writing workshop of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation in the Edenkoben mansion (each together with Judith Kuckart )

Joachim Helfer - who also paid tribute to Fritz J. Raddatz when he made his debut as a novelist and was friends with him - received the Hamburg Literature Prize in 1992 and 1999 , the Berlin Senate scholarship for the Berlin Literary Colloquium in 1996, and the 1998 Literary Prize from Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft in the BDI , a residence grant from the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 1999 and the Irmgard Heilmann Prize in 2000 .

Helfer is a member of the PEN Center Germany and has been an advisory board on its executive committee since 2019.



Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fritz J. Raddatz: Diaries 2002–2012 .
  2. Netzeitung 2005 .

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