Klaus Kordon grew up in the East Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg . Since his father died in the war, he was raised by his mother alone. After his mother's death in 1956, Kordon lived in various homes. Klaus Kordon completed an apprenticeship as a television mechanic in the GDR, worked in various professions and finally graduated from high school. After studying economics at a distance, he went on professional trips as an export merchant, which took him to India , Indonesia and North Africa, among others . It was then that he started writing. His increasing distance from the GDR regime resulted in an attempt to flee to the West via Bulgaria in 1972 . Kordon was arrested and taken to the central remand prison of the State Security in the restricted area of Berlin-Hohenschönhausen ; he remained in Stasi detention for a year. By his own admission, he survived the five months in solitary confinement by making up novels in his head. In 1973 the Federal Republic of Germany bought him free . He first lived in Frankfurt am Main , then moved back to West Berlin . His first book, the youth novel Tadaki , was published in 1977. In his autobiographical novel Crocodile in the Neck , he processed the experience of imprisonment.
Klaus Kordon is a member of the PEN Center Germany and the German Academy for Children's and Youth Literature .
Kordon writes novels, short stories, fairy tales and poems. He uses historical material in his books. Its actors are mostly workers or groups marginalized by society. Other works are inspired by his travels. With Die Zeit ist kaputt , Kordon wrote a biography of Erich Kästner for young people and adults. Multiple addressing of his works is not limited to this text; rather, it can be understood as a characteristic feature, as Julian Kanning explains:
- Kordon's diverse work, permeated with the joy of storytelling, has found many enthusiastic readers of all ages and is received not only by children and young people, but also by adults who are interested in fictionalized historical and contemporary experience.
Awards and honors
- 1980, 1984, 1986, 1990: Bookworms Prize
- 1982: Friedrich Gerstäcker Prize for Monsoon or the White Tiger
- 1984: Red Elephant
- 1985: Zurich children's book award “ La vache qui lit ” for The Red Sailors
- 1987: Prize of the Berlin Senate's Commissioner for Foreigners
- 1987: Jenny Smelik / IBBY Prize
- 1989: Bad Harzburg Youth Literature Prize
- 1991: Zurich children's book award “La vache qui lit” for With your back to the wall
- 1992: The Political Book , Friedrich Ebert Foundation Prize
- 1993: Buxtehuder Bulle for The First Spring
- 1994: Kalbach rattlesnake for The First Spring
- 1995: German Youth Literature Prize for Time is Broken
- 1998: Alex Wedding Prize
- 1998: Evangelical Book Prize for The First Spring
- 1999: Grand Prize of the German Academy for Children's and Young People's Literature eV Volkach
- 1999: Zilveren stylus
- 2003: German Youth Literature Prize for Crocodile in the Neck
- 2005: Youth Book Prize of the Young Readers Jury for Julian's brother
- 2006: Children's book award Nordstemmer Zuckerrübe
- 2006: Ver.di Literature Prize Berlin-Brandenburg
- 2013: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2016: German Youth Literature Prize for his complete works
- Tadaki. Hamburg 1977.
- Brothers like friends . Weinheim et al. 1978
- Henner or 10 days like a year. Stuttgart et al. 1978.
- Möllmannstrasse 48. Stuttgart 1978.
- The one-way street. Stuttgart 1979.
- Black giant, fifth floor. Weinheim et al. 1979.
- Monsoon or the white tiger . Weinheim et al. 1980
- A city full of trees. Stuttgart 1980.
- Do you want to fly? Stuttgart 1981.
- Somebody like Frank. Weinheim 1982.
- Maxe alone in town and other funny and thoughtful stories in verse. Stuttgart 1982.
- Cross connections or one gives sound. Stuttgart 1982.
- This is how I imagine school. Frankfurt 1982.
- A summer in ruins. Weinheim 1982.
- Dictatorship. Ravensburg 1983.
- Always hit hard! Stuttgart 1983.
- The journey to the wonder island. Weinheim et al. 1983.
- Till on the barge. Würzburg 1983.
- The waiting hall. Würzburg 1983.
- We just grabbed it. Ravensburg 1983.
- Migratory birds or anywhere in the north. Stuttgart 1983.
- The red sailors or a forgotten winter . Weinheim et al. 1984 (first part of the trilogy of turning points )
- Snow on the sofa. Stuttgart 1984.
- The five-mark piece. Wuerzburg 1985.
- Hands up, Tschibaba! Berlin 1985.
- with Ursula Kirchberg : Knuddel and Eddi. Stuttgart 1985.
- A grandma for Till. Wuerzburg 1985.
- with Jindra Capek: The Thousand and Two Nights and the Day After. Wuerzburg 1985.
- Frank look in the air. Weinheim et al. 1986.
- Mottha and Bawani. Weinheim 1986.
- Basement corpses. Munich 1987.
- The little gray sparrow and his friends. Ravensburg 1987.
- Good Lord God or the Tippelrode postal scandal. Wuerzburg 1987.
- The knight in the sack. Berlin 1987.
- Like spit in the sand. Weinheim et al. 1987.
- The message in a bottle. Ravensburg 1988.
- I am a storyteller. Weinheim 1988.
- The captain from the 13th floor. Hamburg 1988.
- Come on, old Tom! Bindlach 1988.
- The ogre. Stuttgart 1988.
- Annapurna. Munich 1989.
- I want to be a seagull. Weinheim et al. 1989.
- Maltes grandfather lives by the sea. Bindlach 1989.
- A real Indian. Berlin et al. 1989.
- Days like years. Weinheim 1989.
- The way to Bandung. Hamburg 1989.
- On the 4th morning of Advent at four. Ravensburg 1990.
- Once upon a time in Usambara. Bindlach 1990.
- with Thé Tjong-Khing : The big fish Tin Lin. Ravensburg 1990.
- With your back to the wall . Weinheim et al. 1990 (second part of the trilogy of turning points )
- Silent days or springtime celebrates Christmas. Frankfurt am Main et al. 1990.
- with Uwe Klindworth : In the deep, deep green. Ravensburg 1991.
- with Marie-José Sacré : The Little, the Giant and the Big Giant. Zurich et al. 1991.
- with Peter Schimmel : Lisa. Munich 1991.
- Robinson, Wednesday and Julchen. Ravensburg 1991.
- Alicia goes to town. Berlin 1992.
- With us in Charlottenburg. Berlin 1992.
- This is Harry. Weinheim et al. 1992.
- The first spring. Weinheim 1993 (third part of the trilogy of turning points )
- with Barbara von Johnson: The girl Eisenstein and the raven Fritz. Munich 1993.
- with Thé Tjong-Khing : Marius and the Fire Spirit. Ravensburg 1993.
- Adam's apple. Renchingen 1994.
- with Pieter Kunstreich : A friend for Leo Boltan. Ravensburg 1994.
- Lütt balloon and the great midnight evocation. Munich 1994.
- Time is broken. Weinheim 1994.
- Reading lion opa stories. Bindlach 1995.
- with Julian Jusim: The eagle Arkabar. Munich 1996.
- with Julian Jusim: The golden knight. Stuttgart et al. 1996.
- Lütt balloon and the black devil from the moor. Munich 1996.
- 1848 - The story of Jette and Frieder. Weinheim 1997 (first volume of the "Jacobi Saga", follow-up volume: "Fünf Finger hat die Hand"; third volume: "Im Spinnennetz")
- Murra's revenge. Reinbek near Hamburg 1997.
- The way to Bandung. Weinheim / Basel 1998.
- Lütt balloon and the Christmas dog. Munich 1998.
- My friend Ringo. Munich 1998.
- Frank or how to make friends. Weinheim 1999.
- A hundred years and a summer . Weinheim 1999.
- Paule Glück - The Century in Stories. Weinheim 1999.
- Felix is coming. Hamburg 2000.
- Paula Kussmaul doesn't give up. Weinheim 2001.
- The city of thieves , Weinheim 2001
- Crocodile on the neck . Weinheim 2002
- Paula Kussmaul and the hangover hickey. Weinheim 2003.
- Julian's brother. 2004.
- Paula Kussmaul deep in the snow. Weinheim 2005.
- Jinbal from the islands. Weinheim 2006.
- The hand has five fingers. Weinheim 2006 (second volume of the "Jacobi Saga", follow-up story to "1848 - The Story of Jette and Frieder"; third volume "Jacobi Saga": "Im Spinnennetz")
- Pirate son. Weinheim 2007.
- Mr. Lackmann goes to the cinema. Weinheim 2008.
- On the sunny side (2009) . Weinheim 2009 (follow-up to Krokodil im Neck )
- In the spider web. Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim / Basel 2010 (third volume of the “Jacobi Saga”, follow-up volume to “1848 - The Story of Jette and Frieder” and “Fünf Fingers hat die Hand”) ISBN 978-3-407-81071-7 .
- Kiko. Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 2011.
- The carousel. Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 2012, ISBN 978-3-407-81114-1 (prehistory of crocodile in the neck ).
- Joss or The Price of Freedom: Historical Adventure Novel. Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 2014, ISBN 978-3-407-81180-6 .
- Marija in the tree . Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim / Basel 2014, ISBN 978-3-407-82046-4 .
- The one-armed boxer . Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim / Basel 2016, ISBN 978-3-407-82170-6 .
- Hajja, me and the sky over the pampas . Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim / Basel 2018, ISBN 978-3-407-75434-9 .
- Chickpeas. Stuttgart 1982.
- Love love! Ravensburg 1984.
- We are still few. Baden-Baden 1989.
- Barbara Gelberg (Ed.): Workshop book Klaus Kordon. Weinheim et al. 2003.
- Frieder Kern (Ed.): Workshop book Klaus Kordon: The trilogy. Weinheim et al. 1993.
- Literature by and about Klaus Kordon in the catalog of the German National Library
- Short biography of Klaus Kordon
- The youth book author Klaus Kordon in conversation
- Complete bibliography and short biography about Klaus Kordon
- Julia Prosinger, Christoph Stollowsky: I doubt myself forward In: Tagesspiegel . 15th September 2013.
- Homepage Klaus Kordon.de: biography , accessed on October 31, 2019
- Cornelia Geißler: With his personal crocodile. A home visit to Klaus Kordon, who is celebrating his 75th birthday today. In: Frankfurter Rundschau, September 21, 2018, pp. 30–31
- Julian Kanning: Klaus Kordon author portrait on KinderundJugendmedien.de
- Communication from the Office of the Federal President , accessed on October 4, 2013.
- Klaus Kordon: In the spider web. Weinheim / Basel 2010, p. 549.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Cordon, Klaus Herbert|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German writer in the field of children's and youth literature|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 21, 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|