Maja Haderlap

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Maja Haderlap (2016)

Maja Haderlap (born March 8, 1961 in Bad Eisenkappel / Železna Kapla , Carinthia ) is an Austrian writer . In 2011, the Carinthian Slovenian won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize . In 2016 she was elected a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry .


After graduating from high school , Maja Haderlap studied theater studies and German at the University of Vienna . After her doctorate, she worked as a dramaturgy assistant, program editor and lecturer at the Institute for Comparative Literature at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt . From 1992–2007 she was chief dramaturge at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt under the management of Dietmar Pflegerl , where she oversaw numerous performances in spoken, music and dance theater, including world premieres by playwrights such as Peter Turrini and Gert Jonke .

As an author, she was co-editor and editor of the Carinthian-Slovenian literary magazine mladje for three years . In 2011 she won the renowned Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, endowed with 25,000 euros, as part of the 35th Days of German-Language Literature in Klagenfurt. Your award-winning poetic text Im Kessel is a village and family story and illuminates the resistance of the Carinthian Slovenes against the German armed forces . In 2018 she was honored with the Max Frisch Prize of the City of Zurich .

Haderlap writes poetry , prose and essays in Slovenian and German and translates from Slovenian into German. Her own texts have been translated into several languages ​​and published in numerous German and international literary magazines and anthologies.

A stage version of her novel Engel des Vergessens was premiered in September 2015 in a production by Georg Schmiedleitner with Elisabeth Orth , Petra Morzé and Gregor Bloéb at the Akademietheater in Vienna .

Haderlap gave the celebratory speech at the state ceremony of the centenary of the republic on November 12, 2018 in the Vienna State Opera .


Maja Haderlap is regarded as an important lyrical voice among Austrian women who write in Slovene , not only within the entire Slovene cultural area and in Austrian tradition. Since her first volume of poetry, Žalik pesmi, from 1983, she had established herself as one of the most remarkable forces in contemporary literature in the state of Carinthia.


  • Žalik pesmi . Poems (1983)
  • Bajalice . Poems (1987)
  • Poems - Pesmi - Poems (1989)
  • Srečko Kosovel : Decek in sonce. The boy and the sun , German and Slovenian. Translated from Slovenian by Maja Haderlap, illustrations by Mojca Cerjak. Klagenfurt / Celovec: Drava 1999 ISBN 978-3-85435-330-0
  • Der Papalagi (dramatization of the book of the same name by Erich Scheuermann, based on the fantastic work The Travels of Lukanga Mukara from Inner Africa to Germany by Hans Paasche ): Maja Haderlap. Director: Herbert Gantschacher . ORF Carinthia (1990)
  • Med politiko in kulturo (Between Politics and Culture) (2001)
  • The City Theater Klagenfurt 1992 to 2007 . The Dietmar Pflegerl era (2007)
  • Angel of oblivion. Novel. Wallstein, Göttingen 2011 ISBN 978-3-8353-0953-1 .
  • long transit. Poems. Wallstein, Göttingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-8353-1378-1 .

Awards (selection)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Maja Haderlap on the website of the German Academy for Language and Poetry. In: Retrieved May 30, 2016 .
  2. Literature award: Austrian Haderlap wins Bachmann Prize. In: . July 10, 2011, accessed July 10, 2011.
  3. a b Max Frisch Prize 2018 goes to the Austrian-Slovenian writer Maja Haderlap. In: . January 9, 2018, accessed on January 9, 2018.
  4. Fabjan Hafner in the literary magazine kolik (No. 7, 1999).
  5. ^ Maja Haderlap: Works. In: . Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  6. Michaela Schmitz: The memory does not let go of the dead , review of "Angel of Forgetting". In: . August 1, 2011.
  7. Bruno Kreisky Prize for the Political Book Prize winners 1993-2018 ,, accessed December 1, 2019
  8. ^ Art & Literature Programs: Writer in Residence. In: . Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  9. Maja Haderlap awarded the Rizzi Prize. ( Memento from July 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: . March 6, 2013.
  10. ↑ The winners of the Austrian Art Prize and the Hans Hollein Art Prize for Architecture 2019 have been announced. In: . September 20, 2019, accessed September 20, 2019 .
  11. ^ Culture: Austrian Art Prize for Haderlap. In: . September 20, 2019, accessed September 20, 2019 .