Johanna Braun

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Johanna Braun (born May 7, 1929 in Magdeburg ; † October 24, 2008 in Schwerin ) was a German writer .


Johanna Braun was the daughter of an optician. After graduation , she worked in various professions, including agricultural workers, secretary and editor. From 1969 she lived as a freelance writer in Magdeburg.

Johanna Braun and her husband Günter Braun wrote an extensive narrative work. While the team of authors initially mainly wrote books for young people , they later switched to prose for adults, in which current problems such as changing gender relations were dealt with. Science fiction has been the focus of Johanna and Günter Braun's work since the mid-1970s . In addition, among other things, they wrote a radio feature about Bismarck for the GDR radio in 1976 .

Since the two authors often used the genre to convey socially critical content and lacked the line loyalty required in GDR literature, a number of Braun's books could only appear in the Federal Republic in the 1980s .


  • Franz Rottensteiner : “... Johanna and Günter Braun. You use a very precise, slightly quirky and mannered language. The simplicity of these works is deceptive: the authors succeed in fictionalizing clever things with ostensible simplicity and bringing the truth to light. The Brauns don't shy away from disrespectful thoughts and uncomfortable questions. Their style is alienated like a fairy tale, the plot is full of wonderful events, and both are reminiscent of Jean Paul and German romanticism, not least in the naming of their characters ... The Brauns are undoubtedly the highlight of the GDR-SF so far. "
  • Karsten Kruschel on the first two Pantamann volumes: "As one would expect after gloomy experiences with the past government, the satires have become sharper, the tones more bilious and the analyzes more unfriendly ... Paskal is one of those naive observers who always look at the world objectively and surprisingly in the Brauns' books. " "It doesn't seem like much is going on, but the Brauns are not interested in 'action'. In this trilogy you have obviously set yourself the task of exposing reality ... In many small and large blows, the Brauns make themselves over the Quirks of this world funny that laughter gets stuck in my throat. Paskal's brain examination reveals oversized fields for convictions and views in a man, which are contrasted with severely restricted fields for perception and critical thinking, the ego center is too big for that. At first, the findings point to a secret service man but then it's a religious zealot - which doesn't make much difference in the way of thinking, as Paskal observes. "



  • José Zorillas last bull , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1955 ( The new adventure , issue 78)
  • One says no , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1955 (Das neue Abenteuer, Issue 74)
  • Tsuko and the medicine man , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1956 (The New Adventure, Issue 96)
  • Gentlemen of the Pampas , New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1957 (The New Adventure, Issue 124)
  • Prussia, rags and rebels , Berlin 1957
  • Crooks in the bird house , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1958 (The new adventure, issue 143)
  • Prisoners , Berlin 1958
  • Krischan and Luise , Berlin 1958
  • Courier for six thalers , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1958 (The New Adventure, issue 129)
  • Menne Kehraus leaves , New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1959
  • The strange adventures of the bread student Ernst Brav , Berlin 1959
  • Eva and the new Adam , Berlin 1961
  • Girls in the triangle , Berlin 1961
  • An unpredictable girl , Berlin 1963
  • The camping trees by M. , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1967
  • An objective angel , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1967
  • The Neanderthal's nose , New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1969
  • The error of the great magician , Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1972
  • Bitterfish , New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1974
  • Dear copper engraver Merian , Berlin [a. a.] 1974
  • Eerie manifestations on Omega XI , Berlin 1974
  • The failure factor , Berlin 1975
  • Five Pillars of Marital Happiness , New Life Publishing House, Berlin 1976
  • Conviva Ludibundus , Berlin 1978
  • Georg Kaiser. A biographical sketch , Magdeburg 1979
  • Small love pot , Berlin 1981
  • The Utofant , Berlin 1981
  • The spherical transcendental project , Frankfurt am Main 1983
  • The unwieldy philosopher , Frankfurt am Main 1983
  • The inaudible tones , Frankfurt am Main 1984
  • The hero multiplied x times , Frankfurt am Main 1985
  • The birth of the panteman , Berlin 1988
  • Time am I, Paskal , Berlin 1989
  • The end of the Pantamann , Berlin 1991
  • Professor Mittelzwerck's creatures , Frankfurt am Main 1991
  • Mr. A. Morph , Frankfurt am Main [u. a.] 1998


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Individual evidence

  1. The monument. Memories of an empire. Director: Hannelore Solter . Prod .: Radio of the GDR, 1976. Source: Patrick Conley: The party journalist. Metropol, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86331-050-9 , p. 258.
  2. See Heyne Science Fiction Magazin # 4 , ed. by Wolfgang Jeschke, Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, Munich 1982, ISBN 3-453-30832-8 , p. 229 ff.
  3. See Wolfgang Jeschke (Ed.): The Science Fiction Year 1991 , Wilhelm Heyne Verlag Munich, ISBN 3-453-04471-1 , pp. 653 f., 655.