Karin Struck

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Karin Struck (born May 14, 1947 in Schlagtow near Greifswald , † February 6, 2006 in Munich ) was a German writer .

life and work

Karin Struck came from a farming family who fled the GDR to the Federal Republic in 1953 because of the collectivization of agriculture . Struck's father worked in various professions in the FRG. a. as an iron caster and in the textile industry. Karin Struck grew up in East Westphalia Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock and put 1966 in Bielefeld its Abitur from. She then studied Romance languages , German and psychology at the Ruhr University in Bochum , the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf . During her studies she was involved in the Socialist German Student Union (SDS). Struck was a member of the German Communist Party (DKP), but later resigned in protest against the treatment of dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn by the Soviet authorities.

Her first marriage was divorced in 1973, during which time she had a relationship with the poet Arnfrid Astel . She was married a second time from 1977 to 1981, and later lived as a single mother with her four children in Gütersloh . Traumatized by her own abortion , Struck increasingly turned into a vehement opponent of abortion , which she expressed in her works Bluebeard's Shadow (1991) and I see my child in a dream (1992). In 1996 she converted to the Catholic faith and later became a member of the board of trustees of the Forum German Catholics .

Struck's daughter, born in 1970, also became known as an author under the stage name Sarah Ines .

Karin Struck died in 2006 after a long period of cancer .


In 1973, Karin Struck, with her debut novel Klassenliebe, was one of the founders of the literary style New Subjectivity , which turned private phenomena into a society's seismograph. This also included the presentation of Arnfrid Astel as protagonist Z in the novel .

In 1979 her book Separation was filmed by Peter Beauvais with the title The Story of Anna Wildermuth with Sabine Sinjen in the lead role. Karin Struck wrote the screenplay for the film herself. In 1982 Karin Struck withdrew the manuscript for her eighth book, Zwei Frauen , from Suhrkamp Verlag Portrait of the peace movement in the early 1980s. The reason for this cited personal disagreements with her publisher Siegfried Unseld , as Unseld had expressed criticism of the text. The book was finally published in the same year by the tende publishing house in Münster. In the 1980s Struck moved to Albrecht Knaus Verlag , where her works Finale , Glut und Asche and Bitteres Wasser were published.After the publisher Albrecht Knaus left in the early 1990s, she moved to Paul List Verlag , where her novel was published in 1991 Bluebeard's shadow appeared.

With Männertreu , a volume of short stories with “Stories from the New Man”, and Ingeborg B. - Duel mit dem Spiegelbild , an argument with Ingeborg Bachmann , she could no longer build on earlier successes. In the last years of her life, which she spent in Munich , she increasingly alienated herself from the literature business and tried in vain to find a publisher for further books. However, after her conversion she continued to publish mainly in Catholic media. A few weeks before her death, she was still writing an essay for an anthology by her artist friend Annegret Soltau .

Scandal in the NDR talk show

In the NDR Talk Show on July 3, 1992 on the subject of abortion , Karin Struck got into a conflict with the other guests in the presence of the then Federal Minister for Women and Youth Angela Merkel . This eventually escalated to the point that she decided to leave the discussion. She tore the microphone wiring from her body and threw first the microphone and the radio transmitter, then a wine glass into the audience, whereby the wine glass hit a viewer in the face. Struck had already clashed with the journalist Geert Müller-Gerbes on a talk show in 1991 , whom she accused, among other things, of having no idea of ​​being a parent as a father of four.

Awards (selection)


  • Class love. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1973
  • The mother. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1975.
  • Love. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1977.
  • The lovable old woman. Narrative. With graphics by Annegret Soltau . Pfaffenweiler Press, Pfaffenweiler 1977
  • Separation. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1978
  • The hostel. Narrative. With offset lithographs by Hans-Jürgen Wormeck. Pfaffenweiler Press, Pfaffenweiler 1981
  • End of childhood. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1982
  • Two women. Tende, Münster 1982
  • Final. Story of an undiscovered horse. Novel. Knaus, Hamburg 1984
  • Embers and ashes. A Lovestory. Knaus, Munich / Hamburg 1985
  • Bitter water. Knaus, Munich / Hamburg 1988
  • Bluebeard's shadow. Novel. List, Munich / Leipzig 1991
  • I see my child in a dream. Plea against abortion. Ullstein, Berlin / Frankfurt am Main 1992 ISBN 3-550-06548-5 ; Extended and revised new edition by Fiat Domine, Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-901785-06-X .
  • Loyal to men. Stories. Langen Müller, Munich 1992
  • Ingeborg B. Duel with the mirror image. Novel. Langen Müller, Munich 1993
  • Approaches to Ingeborg Bachmann. Destruction by Men: Monologue for a Writer. The crack: pictures for Ingeborg Bachmann. Together with Annegret Soltau. Published by the Society of Hessian Literature Friends. Justus von Liebig Verlag, Darmstadt 2003


  • Hans Adler, Hans Joachim Schrimpf (Ed.): Karin Struck. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1987, ISBN 3-518-38538-0 .
  • Manfred Jurgensen: Karin Struck. An introduction. Peter Lang, Bern / Frankfurt am Main / New York, NY 1985, ISBN 3-261-04064-5 .
  • Self-portrait of childhood and youth, in: Florian Langenscheidt (Ed.): With us at home. Celebrities talk about their childhood. Econ, Düsseldorf 1995, ISBN 3-430-15945-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Critical Lexicon of German Literature: Lemma Arnfrid Astel.
  2. ^ Obituary for Karin Struck. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 34 of February 9, 2006, p. 41.
  3. SuperKGB23: Angela Merkel vs. Karin Struck NDR scandal from 1992. In: Youtube. June 5, 2010, accessed October 12, 2019 .
  4. Portal of Remembrance: Karin Struck