Karin Gündisch

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Karin Gündisch at a reading in the Khnko Aper Children's National Library in Yerevan , Armenia , 2007

Karin Gündisch (born April 5, 1948 in Cisnădie (Heltau), Romania ) is a German children's and youth writer from the German-speaking minority of the Transylvanian Saxons .


Karin Gündisch studied German and Romance languages at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj (Klausenburg, Romania) and the University of Bucharest (Romania). She worked as a German teacher in Bucharest and was also a freelancer for the Romanian-German press , radio and television. During that time she published children's stories and worked on German textbooks.

Since 1984 she has lived as a freelance writer in the Federal Republic of Germany , initially for many years in Bad Krozingen and since 2018 in Hamburg. She spends the summer months mostly in Cisnădioara (Michelsberg), Romania. Her books have been translated into English, French, Romanian, Japanese, Korean, Croatian and Slovenian.


picture books

Books for children and young readers

  • Didel and Dudel and other thing stories , Creangă Verlag, Bucharest 1980
  • Lies , Creangă Verlag, Bucharest 1983
  • In the land of chocolate and bananas , Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 1987
  • Stories about Astrid , narration, Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 1988; New edition Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2009
  • Far, behind the woods , Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 1988; New edition: Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2012
  • In the Foreign and Other Stories , Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 1993
  • Grandfather's cocks. Stories from another country . With pictures by Julian Jusim, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 1994; New edition: Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2011
  • Paradise is in America. A story of emigrants , Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 2000; New edition: Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2014; German-Romanian: Niculescu-Verlag, Bucharest 2015
  • Cosmin. From someone who set out to learn life , Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag 2005; German-Romanian: Niculescu Verlag, Bucharest 2016.
  • Lilli finds a twin , Sauerländer Verlag, Düsseldorf 2007
  • The children of Michelsberg , Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2011
  • George. Or: On the upright walk of people , Schiller-Verlag, Hermannstadt / Bonn 2013


  • Love - days that are coming , Kore Verlag, Freiburg 1994

Awards and honors

  • 1984 Romanian Children's Book Prize for Lies
  • 1984 Peter Härtling Prize for stories about Astrid
  • 1992 Children's Book Prize from the Berlin Senate's Commissioner for Foreigners for In the Land of Chocolate and Bananas
  • 2001 scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg
  • 2002 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for How I Became an American (Orig. Paradise is in America)
  • 2004 Upper Rhine trolley (3rd prize) for Mia and Aunt Milda
  • 2005 Peter October read for Cosmin
  • 2010 Medal of Merit of the City of Bad Krozingen
  • 2013 honorary citizen of the city of Heltau (Romania)
  • 2016 Walburga Prize of the Protestant Church in Heltau


  • Hannelore Daubert: Karin Gündisch. In the land of chocolate and bananas. Instructor leaflet. Beltz and Gelberg, Weinheim u. a. 1992, ISBN 3-407-99063-4
  • Ursula Kiermeier (Ed.): Karin Gündisch . Goethe-Institut, Krakow 1996, ISBN 83-86635-06-1
  • Volker Ladenthin : In a foreign country [Didactic reflections on a youth book by v. K. Gündisch]. In: Discussion Deutsch 24 (1993) Heft 123, p. 350
  • Ellen Schulte-Bunert and Dorthe Wieting: Where is the land of chocolate and bananas? Karin Gündisch's children's book in project-oriented German lessons in a third grade school. Flensburg University of Education, University, Department of German as a Second / Foreign Language, Flensburg 1994 (= Flensburg papers on multilingualism and cultural diversity in teaching ; 8/9)
  • Volker Ladenthin: About: Karin Gündisch: Lilli finds a twin, Düsseldorf 2007 . In: engagement. Journal for Education and Schools , Issue 1/2008, ISSN  0723-3507 , p. 78
  • Michaela Nowotnick: Karin Gündisch's youth novel “Weit, hinter den Wäldern ” is reissued . In: Siebenbürger Zeitung . July 15, 2010, p. 5 ( sevenbuerger.de [accessed on March 28, 2014]).
  • Volker Ladenthin: What should be remembered. The literary work of Karin Gündisch. Schiller, Hermannstadt / Sibiu / Bonn 2014, ISBN 978-3-944529-33-2 .

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