Ludwig Harig

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ludwig Harig (born July 18, 1927 in Sulzbach / Saar ; † May 5, 2018 there ) was a German writer and literary translator .


Ludwig Harig attended a national political educational institution and described himself as an “enthusiastic young Nazi” during the time of National Socialism , whose development into a democrat he dealt with in his autobiographical texts, for example in Who howls with the wolves becomes a wolf .

Harig had been an elementary school teacher since 1950, took a leave of absence in 1970 and finished school in 1974. From then on he worked as a freelance writer.

As early as the mid-1950s, he published smaller literary texts in literary magazines and anthologies. Due to the intensive contact with the Stuttgart group around Max Bense , he became an important exponent of Concrete Poetry with his experimental texts, especially his permutations . At the same time and increasingly in the 1960s, he continued to develop the radio play, mainly using collaged original sounds . For his audio collage State Funeral about the state funeral of Konrad Adenauer , a broadcast and publication ban was temporarily imposed. Soon the first independent book publications appeared, in which he perfected his assembly and collage technique. Harig also translated French literature , especially works by Raymond Queneau , whose style also greatly influenced his writing. Harig also wrote texts in Saarland dialect .

Harig was first known to a larger audience in 1986 through his great time novel Order is the whole life , in which he also processed his own youth and the history of his family based on the life story of his father. Riha describes Harig's style: “Beyond the purely content-related, it is of structural importance that the author is less concerned with retelling a linear life story than with trying to use numerous details that have been preserved in the memory as idioms, gestures and behavior to draw the trace of her father's existence and to elicit the 'secret' that surrounded her all her life ”(quoted from KLG ). This first volume of his autobiographical trilogy of novels was followed in 1990 as the second part Weh dem, who dances out of line and in 1996 the conclusion with Who howls with the wolves becomes wolf .

Harig was a member of the PEN Center Germany , the German Academy for Language and Poetry Darmstadt, the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature and the Mannheim Free Academy of the Arts . He lived and worked in his home town of Sulzbach / Saar until his death.



  • haiku hiroshima (1961)
  • Condition and Changes (1963)
  • Journey to Bordeaux (1965)
  • The sound . Radio play (1965)
  • Starry airs . Radio play (1967)
  • The soccer game . Stereophonic radio play (1967)
  • in the men see. Wolfgang Fietkau Verlag, Berlin 1969 (steps 15)
  • State funeral radio play radio collage for Saarland radio (1969)
  • A piece of flowers . Texts for radio plays (1969)
  • randomly changeable . With screen prints by Paul Schneider (1969)
  • miss mary . With screen prints by Lukas Kramer (1970)
  • Office hours for the Franco-German understanding and the members of the common market . A family novel (1971)
  • Two dozen sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke . With linocuts by Axel Hertenstein (1972)
  • All-round description of the world for the return of man to a more beautiful future (1974)
  • The Saarland joy. A book about the good way to live and think . 1977 (New editions: Munich: Carl Hanser, 1982, ISBN 3-446-12337-7 . Munich: DTV, 1983, ISBN 3-423-06322-X )
  • Homesickness. A Saarlander traveling . With drawings by Hans Dahlem. Munich: Carl Hanser , 1979, ISBN 3-446-12820-4 .
  • Little Brixius . A novella. Carl Hanser, Munich, Vienna 1980, ISBN 3-446-13151-5 .
  • Rousseau . The novel about the origin of nature in the brain . dtv, Munich 1978, 1981, ISBN 3-423-01728-7 ; New edition: Carl Hanser, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-446-12502-7 .
  • Table music for King Ubu . With linocuts by Erich Schönig (1982)
  • The ballad of the great thirst. Pictures and verses on the encyclopedia of the beer bottle . With drawings by Kurt Halbritter (1983)
  • The noise of the sixth sense. Speeches to save life and literature . Munich: Carl Hanser, 1985, ISBN 3-446-14402-1
  • All of life is orderly. My father's novel . Carl Hanser, Munich 1986 ISBN 3-446-14662-8 , further editions 1986 and 1987; Paperback edition by Fischer TB Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1989 ISBN 3-596-29157-7 . More paperback assignments followed.
  • Air coachman's logbook (1987)
  • Gauguins Brittany . A diary . With illustrations by Paul Gauguin . Ellert & Richter, Hamburg 1988, ISBN 3-89234-050-1 ; New edition 2001, ISBN 3-89234-821-9 .
  • A hundred poems. Alexandrian sonnets, terzines, couplets and other verses in strict form. Carl Hanser, Munich 1988, ISBN 3-446-15276-8 .
  • The new Saarland joy. A reader about the good way of living and thinking , Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-596-10535-8 .
  • Woe to those who step out of line . Novel. Munich: Carl Hanser, 1990, ISBN 3-446-16038-8 .
  • Roselius's wife's hydrangeas . A novella. Munich: Carl Hanser, 1992, ISBN 3-446-17207-6 .
  • The clockworker from Glarus . Stories. Munich: Carl Hanser, 1993, ISBN 3-446-17552-0 .
  • Who howls with the wolves becomes a wolf . Novel. Munich: Carl Hanser, 1996, ISBN 3-446-18746-4 .
  • Walks with Flaubert . Travel stories . Munich: Carl Hanser, 1997, ISBN 3-446-19115-1 .
  • Simplicius simplicissimus . A radio play (1997)
  • Accompanying essay to Vercors The Silence of the Sea . Zurich: Diogenes, 1999
  • Pelé's knees . Six seductions. Munich: Carl Hanser, 1999, ISBN 3-446-19783-4
  • Travel with Yoshimi . Japanese reports. To Klampen, 2000, ISBN 3-933156-52-1
  • And if they are not dead. Out of my life . Munich: Carl Hanser, 2002, ISBN 3-446-20212-9
  • Suddenly the stars fell from the sky. Encounters with Sleeping Beauty and Eisenhans - a fairytale journey in Art Nouveau style . With drawings by Otto Ubbelohde . zu Klampen Verlag, Lüneburg 2002, ISBN 3-933156-74-2
  • Idea games, suitable for foot . Twelve Alexandrian Sonnets (2004)
  • Who writes stays. Essays and speeches. Collected Works Volume 8, Munich: Carl Hanser, 2004, ISBN 978-3-446-20289-4
  • The truth is in the field. Football sonnets . Munich: Carl Hanser, 2006, ISBN 3-446-20719-8
  • Kalahari - a true novel . Munich: Carl Hanser, 2007, ISBN 978-3-446-20819-3
  • The messenger from France. Invitations to King Arthur and the Knight Lancelot , to Klampen Verlag, Springe 2007, ISBN 978-3-86674-004-4
  • How the words learned to dance. An experienced poetics , with pictures by Franz Zauleck ; Fischer Schatzinsel, Frankfurt am Main 2009 ISBN 978-3-596-85357-1
  • World story , In: Uta Kutter, Guntram Zürn (Hrsg.): In the beginning was the word. Literary portrait. Ludwig Harig on the eightieth . Academy for Spoken Word, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-9813599-1-6
  • Strength gathered in sleep. Novellas and stories , edited by Werner Jung; Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 2010 ISBN 978-3-446-23551-9

Sound carrier

  • German for Germans - A language course by Ludwig Harig and Michael Krüger , Wagenbach's Quartplatte 14, Berlin, 1975
  • State funerals , Klaus Ramm , Lichtenberg 1975 (New edition: State funeral 1 and 2 - Konrad Adenauer and Walter Ulbricht. 2 collages. Klett, Stuttgart 1988)
  • The god from the machine. A Christmas Story. Saarbrücken 1979
  • Kreter and Pleter. Diary of a trip to Crete. Blieskastel: Gollenstein, 2001.

Radio plays

Translations (selection)

  • Willy Alante-Lima : Manzinella flowers . From the French by Ludwig Harig. Fürstenfeldbruck: Steinklopfer 1960. (Original: Fleurs de Mancenils . Paris: Caractères, 1955)
  • Raymond Queneau : Holy Bimbam. Novel. Translated from the French by Eugen Helmlé and Ludwig Harig. Frankfurt a. M .: Suhrkamp 1965
  • Raymond Queneau: A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems . Translated from the French by Ludwig Harig. Frankfurt a. M .: Two thousand and one, 1984. (Original: Cent mille milliards de poèmes . Paris: Gallimard, 1961)
  • Marcel Proust : Works. Frankfurt edition. Works I. Volume 2: Imitated and miscellaneous things. Translated from the French by Henriette Beese, Ludwig Harig and Helmut Scheffel. Frankfurt a. M .: Suhrkamp, ​​1989. ISBN 3-518-02194-X
  • Raymond Queneau: Style Exercises. Translated from the French by Ludwig Harig and Eugen Helmlé, Frankfurt a. M .: Suhrkamp, ​​1990, ISBN 3-518-22053-5



  • Michael Krüger: Obituary for Ludwig Harig. In: Yearbook of the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz. 69th year, 2018, pp. 51–53.
  • Gerhard Sauder , Gerhard Schmidt-Henkel (ed.): Read Harig . Hanser, Munich 1987
  • Petra Lanzendörfer-Schmidt: Language as a theme in Ludwig Harig's work. A linguistic analysis of literary writing techniques. Niemeyer, Tübingen 1990
  • Alfred Diwersy (Ed.): Word game - life game. A book about Ludwig Harig . Edition Karlsberg, Homburg 1993
  • Achim Roscher: Effective forces of play. Conversation with Ludwig Harig. In: Achim Roscher: Patterns of Life. Ten conversations . Development of Taschenbuch Verlag, Berlin 1995
  • Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Ed.): Ludwig Harig . Edition text and criticism, München 1997
  • Benno Rech (Ed.): Language for life, words against death. A book about Ludwig Harig . Gollenstein, Blieskastel 1997. ISBN 3-930008-67-X
  • Karl Riha: Ludwig Harig , In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Hrsg.): Critical lexicon for contemporary German literature - KLG , edition text + criticism in Richard Boorberg Verlag, Munich 1999ff
  • Werner Jung: “You ask what is truth?” Ludwig Harig's play with possibilities . Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2002 ISBN 3-89528-362-2
  • Marcel Reich-Ranicki : Good for those who step out of line In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , 164, July 18, 2007, p. 31
  • Michael Fisch : The larges of the work editions. Part of Ludwig Harig's collected works by Hanser Verlag . In: Berliner Literaturkritik, October 19, 2007
  • Uta Kutter, Guntram Zürn (ed.): In the beginning there was the word. Literary portrait. Ludwig Harig on the eightieth . Academy for Spoken Word, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-9813599-1-6
  • Klaus Brill , Benno Rech, Thomas Störmer (eds.): EntdeckerMagazin 002 - Ludwig Harig - From the life of an air coach . Alsweiler: edition schaumberg, 2012. ISBN 978-3-941095-13-7

Web links


  1. writer Ludwig Harig is dead. (Not available online.) In: . May 6, 2018, archived from the original on May 7, 2018 ; accessed on May 7, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. At the age of 90: writer Ludwig Harig is dead. In: . May 6, 2018, accessed May 7, 2018 . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Rüdiger Suchsland : "The Napola education helped me in the market economy". In: Telepolis . December 6, 2009, accessed May 7, 2018 . Jörg Magenau : And if they haven't died. Review. In: Deutschlandfunk broadcast “Büchermarkt”. August 25, 2002. Retrieved May 7, 2018 .
  3. Whoever howls with the wolves becomes a wolf. Book presentation on the Carl Hanser Verlag website, accessed on May 7, 2018 .
  4. Member entry by Ludwig Harig ( Memento of the original from February 22, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz , accessed on October 11, 2017 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Harig, Ludwig - Vita . ( Memento of the original from November 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Lyrikwelt, August 31, 2012, accessed May 6, 2018. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ^ Accompanying music for the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany - fanfare of our wishes Retrieved May 18, 2019 .