Mirko Bonné

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Mirko Bonné (born June 9, 1965 in Tegernsee ) is a German writer and translator .

life and work

Mirko Bonné moved with his parents from Upper Bavaria to Hamburg in 1975, where he attended the Hansa-Gymnasium and graduated from the Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium in Geesthacht in 1986, before doing civilian service in nursing and working as a bookseller, geriatric care assistant and taxi driver. Since the beginning of the nineties Bonné worked as a journalist and was also active as a poet, narrator and translator. He has been a freelance writer since 2013.

In his poems, shaped by John Keats , Georg Trakl and Günter Eich , lyrical forms are passed down in a variety of ways that describe Bonné's primary themes of landscape, liveliness and memory and question them conceptually. In his prose, Bonné repeatedly deals with the mechanisms of repression. Like the Ernest Shackleton ( Der eiskalte Himmel , 2006) and Albert Camus ( Wie wir disappears , 2009) portrayed in novels , every main character Bonné has to assure himself of his own origins - so does the illustrator Markus Lee in Nie mehr Nacht (2013) and the editor's clerk, Raimund Merz, who reluctantly clings to love in Lichter als der Tag (2017). What the protagonists Bonnés have in common is a sense of unreality that keeps them away from self-realization as well as from fellow human beings . Bonné's novels also get their poetic power and literary explosiveness from the fact that their characters do not surrender to their desperation, but rather rebel against resignation and disillusionment.

Mirko Bonné reflects on his approaches in essays, travel journals and literary reviews in the features section. Foreign trips have taken him to South America, Russia, China, the USA, Iran and the Antarctic. Authors assigned by him include Anderson , Dickinson , Keats , Cummings , Creeley , Yeats, and Ghérasim Luca . Poems, essays and articles on literature have been published in anthologies ( The Great Conrady , The Book of German Poems. From the Beginnings to the Present, etc.), literary magazines ( Bella triste, etc.) and newspapers ( FAZ, etc.). In 2014/2015 Bonné was writer-in-residence for the Weather Stations project and, together with authors from Melbourne, London, Dublin and Warsaw, examined literary representation and communication options for the consequences of climate change.

Mirko Bonné is a member of the PEN Center Germany . He lives in Hamburg.


Single track



  • Trakl and us. Fifty looks into an opal . Edited and provided with afterwords and a life table by Mirko Bonné and Tom Schulz. Preface: Hans Weichselbaum. Lyrik Kabinett Foundation, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-938776-36-0 .
  • Accents. The animal . Published by Jo Lendle and Mirko Bonné, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-446-25180-9 .
  • Yearbook of Poetry 2019 . Published by Christoph Buchwald and Mirko Bonné, Schöffling & Co., Frankfurt am Main 2019, ISBN 978-3-89561-682-2 .
  • Christian Saalberg : In the third minute of the dawn. Selected poems . Edited by Mirko Bonné and Viola Rusche, Schöffling & Co., Frankfurt am Main 2019, ISBN 978-3-89561-016-5 .

Publications in literary magazines

  • Dark interpretation of the flight of birds . Essay. In: Bella triste , No. 24, 2009.
  • The wounded heart . Essay. In: Quart , No. 18, 2011.
  • The gaps in silence . Essay. In: Quart No. 27, 2016.
  • Between us the burning sea . Essay. In: Quart No. 30, 2018. ISBN 978-3-7099-3422-7 .


Web links

Commons : Mirko Bonné  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

supporting documents

  1. Mirko Bonné on literaturport.de , accessed on June 9, 2016
  2. "Verdrängte Schuld" Review by Ursula March in Deutschlandradio Kultur from August 5, 2013, accessed August 6, 2013.
  3. The Wounded Heart , accessed October 10, 2014.
  4. http://www.quart.at/bibliothek/alle_lösungen/nr_27_16/die_ Zwischenraeume_im_schweigen
  5. "Weather Stations"