Katharina Hacker

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Inaugural address at the city writer's festival 2005

Katharina Hacker (born January 11, 1967 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German writer . Her work includes narrative and essayistic prose as well as translations from Hebrew .


With her parents - her mother is an art historian, her father a neuroradiologist - Katharina Hacker spent a lot of time in the country.

Hacker attended the old-language Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium in Frankfurt am Main from 1975 to 1986 . From 1986 she studied philosophy , history and Jewish studies at the University of Freiburg . In 1990 she moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ; At the same time she worked as a German teacher and at the School for Cultural Studies in Tel Aviv . She completed her studies without a degree. She has been living as a freelance writer in Berlin since 1996 . In autumn 2006, her novel Die habenichtse was awarded the German Book Prize. In October 2013 she joined the literary advisory board of the digital model project fiction .

Change of publisher

In November 2009, Katharina Hacker announced in a press release that she had ended her long-term collaboration with Suhrkamp Verlag . The reason for this are disputes between her and the publishing house management over the publication of her novel Alix, Anton und die Others , her "essentially most important book", which was part of a three-part novel project, against her will . A novella belonging to this project was published in May 2010 by S. Fischer Verlag .




Broadcast contributions


Audio book


  • Friedmar Apel: Memory and Knowledge with Saul Friedländer and Katharina Hacker . In: Journal for German Philology , 2006, No. 125, special issue: The memory of literature. Constitutional forms of the past in 20th century literature . Contributions of the international symposium on the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Hartmut Steinecke from April 28 to 30, 2005 in Paderborn, pp. 176–182.
  • Reinhold Grimm: prose poems? On ways and turns of recent German poetry . In: Studi germanici , 45, 2007, 2, pp. 279-287.
  • Franz Fromholzer: Inexorably aimless? Messianic time in Katharina Hacker's “The Have-Nots” . In: New German review , 23, 2008, pp. 99-115.
  • Meike Herrmann: Remembrance literature without remembering subjects or: How contemporary history comes into the novel. On narrative texts by Katharina Hacker, Thomas Lehr, Tanja Dückers and Marcel Beyer . In: Wolfgang Hardtwig, Erhard Schütz (Ed.): Nobody gets away. Contemporary history in literature after 1945 . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2008, pp. 251–265. [To: A kind of love ].
  • Corinna Schlicht: The impotence of women in history: using the example of the novels by Katharina Hacker, Annett Gröschner and Julia Franck . In: Corinna Schlicht (Ed.): Gender Constructions , 2: Literature, linguistic and communication studies analyzes . Laufen, Oberhausen 2008, pp. 119–144. [To: The have-nots]
  • Wilhelm Amann: Global flows - local culture? Katharina Hacker "The have-nots" . In: Wilhelm Amann (Ed.): Globalization and contemporary literature. Constellations - Concepts - Perspectives . Synchron, Heidelberg 2010, pp. 209-222.
  • Hermann Verschens: Stefan Andres Prize to Katharina Hacker . In: Mitteilungen der Stefan-Andres-Gesellschaft , 31, 2010, pp. 10–17.
  • Katharina Gerstenberger: Fictionalizations. Holocaust memory and the generational construct in the works of contemporary women writers . In: Laurel Cohen-Pfister (Ed.): Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture . Camden House, Rochester NY 2010, pp. 95-114.
  • Rüdiger Görner: The le (h) (e) re of abundance. London in Katharina Hacker's "The Have-Nots" . In: Neue Rundschau , 121, 2010, 4, pp. 230–239.
  • Friederike Gösweiner : Loneliness in the young German-language literature of the present . Studien-Verlag, Innsbruck / Vienna 2010 [therein pp. 181–206: chap. 4.4.3 .: Inside empty and ideally impoverished - Katharina Hacker's The Have-Nots ].
  • Konrad Harrer: The Latest Topography of Terror. On Katharina Hacker's novel The Have-Nots . In: Fernando Clara, Isabel Capeloa Gil, Filomena Viana Guarda, Peter Hanenberg (eds.): Tidying up, clearing out, placing in cultural buildings . Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2010, pp. 429–441.
  • Andrea Leskovec: Katharina Hacker's The Have-Nots . A novel about violence? In: LiLi. Journal for Literary Studies and Linguistics , 2010, Issue 159, pp. 161–172.
  • Verena Wetzstein: About strawberries, snails and turtles. Alzheimer's dementia and relatives with Annette Pehnt and Katharina Hacker . In: Yearbook Literature and Medicine , 4, 2010, pp. 169–184.
  • Verena Auffermann: laudation for Katharina Hacker . In: Hubert Winkels (ed.): From one to ten & next. New German literature from the Düsseldorf literary prize winners . Lilienfeld-Verlag, Düsseldorf 2011, pp. 133-144 [volume also contains: Katharina Hacker: Geschöpf . Pp. 125-132].
  • Joanne Leal: The interpersonal is political. Locating the ethical subject in Katharina Hacker's “Die habenichtse” . In: Angermion. Yearbook for Anglo-German literary criticism, intellectual history and cultural transfer , 4, 2011, pp. 165-182.
  • Monika Shafi: New concept - new life. Bodies and buildings in Katharina Hacker's novel “Die habenichtse” . In: David N. Coury (Ed.): Globalization, German literature, and the New Economy . University of Toronto Press, Toronto 2011, pp. 434-446.
  • Sara Tigges: "Life is the only thing we have". The lack of stability of the characters in the fiction of Katharina Hacker . In: Corinna Schlicht (Ed.): Voices of the Present. Contributions to literature, film and theater since the 1990s . Laufen, Oberhausen 2011, pp. 72–85.

Web links

Commons : Katharina Hacker  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Luisa Willmann: The house call: She loves the complicated . In: the daily newspaper . November 2, 2018 ( taz.de [accessed November 19, 2018]).
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