Ruth Schweikert

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Ruth Schweikert (born July 15, 1965 in Lörrach ) is a Swiss writer .

Ruth Schweikert (2020)

life and work

Ruth Schweikert grew up in Aarau . This was followed by theater training in Germany and a discontinued degree in German studies . Today she lives in Zurich with her five sons and the documentary filmmaker Eric Bergkraut . With various theater projects and her first book Erdnüsse. She has made a name for herself by killing to death and has won various prizes and awards.

Although Ruth Schweikert's work was labeled “ women's literature ” at the beginning of her literary work , she distances herself from it with the words: “Unfortunately, this is all too often artistically ambitious, dismayed literature , self-righteous and sentimental.” Even if her characters carry a lot of autobiography , it is not about a direct takeover of what has been experienced, but rather a literary alienation, which is already expressed in the frequently chosen narrative form of the first -person perspective . She herself describes the characters of her books as follows: "My female characters are pretty average, not particularly emancipated, but also not peaceful."

Your joy in telling stories is not primarily expressed in the content, but in the linguistic precision and the formal, often confusing structure of the texts. Language is implemented musically with motifs and rhythms and a use of montage reminiscent of film technology, in which the memory review takes a central place. With a concentrated language, some details are precisely sketched, at the same time gaps are created again. At Schweikert, emphasis is placed on both mimesis and poiesis . Historical reality is depicted and the narrated reality is presented in such a way that it appears possible by naming a specific time at a specific location. At the same time, however, elements are also freely processed artistically, regardless of the real circumstances.


Autograph by Ruth Schweikert

Prose works


Contributions to anthologies

  • An article in: Take care . Swiss Institute, New York 1995
  • Michele, b. 1926; Almut born 1933. In: Breaking boundaries. Texts by Swiss authors . Ed. V. Annemarie Bänziger. Wolfbach, Zurich 1997, pp. 9-15.
  • An article in: Domino. A Swiss literary dance . Ed. V. Simone Meier . Otto Müller, Salzburg 1998
  • Fabrizio, b. 1926; Almut born 1933. In: Switzerland tells. Young storytellers . Selected and edited with a foreword by Plinio Bachmann. Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 1998, pp. 175–180.
  • An article in: The best is yet to come. Theater Neumarkt Zurich 1993–1999. A legacy . Contrast, Zurich 1999, ISBN 3-9521287-4-0
  • E la nave va. In: Swiss Made. Young literature from German-speaking Switzerland. Ed. V. Reto Sorg and Andreas Paschedag. Wagenbach, Berlin 2001, pp. 100-105.
  • Alejandro's cat. In: The Swiss, of course! News from Paul Nizon , Ruth Schweikert, Peter Stamm u. a. Ed. V. Reto Sorg and Yeboaa Ofosu. Structure of the paperback, Berlin 2002, pp. 73–79.
  • An article in: Valser Texte. Anthology of the house authors. Edition Therme, Vals 2005, ISBN 3-938767-09-X .

Articles in magazines and newspapers, forewords

  • Peanuts. In: Emancipation. Feminist magazine for critical women 6/7 1994, pp. 25-27.
  • Hunger. 7 minute novel. In: Der Schweizerischer Beobachter 13/1994, p. 42.
  • Reading sample. In: Krankenpflege / Soins Infirmiers , 12/1994, p. 71.
  • In Ingeborg's name. Communication about love and football. In: Du , Heft 641 (= 9/1994), p. 88f.
  • “Don't fall. You'd better fly. " About traveling on site in the express buffet in the station underpass. In: Die Weltwoche , Supplement from April 1995, pp. 8-10.
  • That unbearable fear of giving birth to a monster. Controversial abortion: The writer Ruth Schweikert writes about her experiences - she is herself a victim, victim and perpetrator. In: Die Weltwoche No. 47 of November 23, 1995, p. 78.
  • An article in: Abortion - a controversy. Utzinger, Rieden 1995, ISBN 3-908688-11-6 .
  • Spinach. 7 minute novel. In: Der Schweizerischer Beobachter No. 16/1997, p. 67.
  • "Switzerland is the liver of the world." No answer to the question about the relationship to one's own country or why no text about Switzerland is also a text about Switzerland. In: Der kleine Bund from October 3, 1998.
  • Moccasins. Everyone puts their story together as best they can. In: Crédit Suisse Bulletin 6/2000, pp. 24–26.
  • Obstinate, lost, child and animal. In: Tages-Anzeiger of July 28, 2001, p. 41.
  • 72 hours of high energy. Ruth Schweikert goes on an excursion into the universe of organ music. In: SonntagsZeitung of October 14, 2001, p. 119.
  • Preface to: Return to Sender. Human excrement has no history. Illustrated book by Katrin Bechtler. Edition Dion Simonett, Zurich 2001, ISBN 3-905562-03-0 .
  • Of landscapes and childhoods. In: Via. Out and about by train, bus and boat . Special edition “100 Years of SBB”, 1/2002, pp. 14–15.
  • 800 years of Olten, a text for the anniversary. ( Online ( Memento of September 29, 2007 in the Internet Archive )).
  • Foreword to: 12 gardens. Historical installations in Zurich. Contrast, Zurich 2004, ISBN 3-906729-29-X .
  • Two calendar sheets. In: Drafts . Journal for Literature , Issue 51: Father . Zurich 2007, ISBN 3-906729-58-3 .

Thoughts on writing

  • Writing is the flow. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung of September 4, 2001, p. 67.
  • About disappearing into the magic box. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . Solothurn Literature Days (May 11, 2002), p. 71.
  • Life is not an art. In: Colloquium Poetology of the Present , Lecturer Reto Sorg, University of Freiburg (Switzerland) 2003 (unpublished).

Awards and grants

Web links

Commons : Ruth Schweikert  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Swiss Literature Awards 2016: Ruth Schweikert ( Memento of the original from August 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on , accessed on February 8, 2016 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Biographical information from Ruth Schweikert. In: Kürschner's German Literature Calendar 2014/2015: Volume I: AO. Volume II: PZ. , Walter De Gruyter Incorporated, 2014, p. 976, ISBN 978-3-11-033720-4 .
  3. Book review in the show 52 best books on Swiss radio (June 14, 2015) .
  4. Michael Braun: Ruth Schweikert writes about her cancer and talks back to life . In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 16, 2019.
  5. Thomas Ribi: Ruth Schweikert receives the Zurich Art Prize - the postcard in the man's wallet in the café. Neue Zürcher Zeitung , October 27, 2016.