Sibylle Berg was born in 1962 in Weimar as the daughter of a music professor and a librarian. Her parents divorced when she was five years old. After that, Berg lived with a distantly related couple of music professors for five years. From the age of ten to the age of 20, she lived with her alcoholic mother again.
After school she trained as a puppeteer. In 1984 she applied to leave the GDR and then lost her job at the Naumburg puppet theater . After three months, her application to leave the country was approved and she was able to move to the Federal Republic of Germany . Shortly after leaving, her mother took her own life.
Berg left Berlin for a three-month course at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri . When she returned to Germany, she lived in Hamburg and studied oceanography and political science . In addition, she worked in various professions (including gardening, cleaning lady, secretary, representative) and began to write. She worked continuously as a writer for various magazines. In 1992 she was in a car accident; as a result, her face had to be operated on several times.
In 1996 Berg moved to her favorite city of Zurich in Switzerland. She has been married since 2004 and sometimes lives in her second home, Tel Aviv , where she met her husband. In 2012 she received Swiss citizenship .
Berg's first novel A few people search for happiness and laugh themselves dead was published in 1997 by Reclam Verlag Leipzig after around 50 other publishers had canceled. It has sold over a hundred thousand times. As a result, Berg published numerous novels with various publishers. Her novel The man sleeps was last published by Hanser in 2009 , Thank you for life in 2012 and The day when my wife found a man in 2015 . The novel GRM followed in 2019 at Kiepenheuer & Witsch . Brainfuck , with which she landed her biggest bestseller to date. In 2020 she published the book Nerds save the world, also with Kiepenheuer & Witsch, in which she published interviews with scientists and experts. These interviews were made while preparing for her book GRM. Brainfuck .
Berg is regularly accompanied on her reading tours by actors and musicians, for example in 2012 for her book Thank you for the life of Katja Riemann , Matthias Brandt and the musician and artist Mariya Ocher or in 2015 for The Day when my wife found a husband from Christian Ulmen , August Zirner , Jan Böhmermann and the band Kreidler . To GRM. Brainfuck Berg staged a multimedia reading with three actors, rapper T. Roadz and grime co- founder Prince Rapid .
For the world premieres of her pieces, Berg prefers to work with directors over longer periods of time. First it was Niklaus Helbling in Bochum , whose production of Helges Leben (2000) was invited to the Mülheim theater festival . It was followed by a show, as the sun goes down (2003, Bochum), it will be fine ! Never love again (2004, Bochum) and Wünsch dir was (2006, Schauspielhaus Zürich ). The artists Gabríela Friðriksdóttir , Mathilde ter Heijne , Jon Pylypchuk, Jeremias Gotthelf and Erwin Koch contributed to the production Of Those Who Survive (2008) at the Schauspielhaus Zürich with contributions in language, image and sound . The last joint work with Niklas Helbling was Nur nachts (2010) at the Vienna Burgtheater .
Berg has been working with the director Sebastian Nübling at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin since 2013 . The first production It says nothing to me, the so-called Outside (2013) was chosen as the piece of the year 2014. The world premiere of And Then Came Mirna was awarded the Friedrich-Luft-Preis as “best Berlin and Potsdam performance of 2015”. Your piece of Wonderland Ave. was invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage 2019 .
In March 2013 Berg co-directed the world premiere of her play Angst travels with at the Schauspiel Stuttgart (together with Hasko Weber). In the same year she staged the all-day event A day with ... Sibylle Berg at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele . The world premiere of their play How to sell a Murder House with Caroline Peters and Marcus Kiepe took place in October 2015 at the Theater am Neumarkt Zurich .
Berg wrote travel reports, artist portraits and glosses for Marie Claire , Allegra , Schweizer Magazin , Die Zeit , Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Die Presse, among others . Since January 2011 she has also been working as a columnist for Spiegel Online and writes in the weekly until March 2018, since then fortnightly column SPON - Ask Ms. Sibylle . In a regularly published series of interviews, she speaks for the Swiss online magazine Republik with “Nerds” resp. Technical experts from a wide variety of disciplines.
Sibylle Berg has written numerous song texts for the Swiss singer Sina , and wrote the text Speed for Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub . In addition to Rammstein and Element of Crime , Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub can also be heard as musical guests on Berg's reading Sex II (1999).
She is one of the supporters of the Charter of Fundamental Digital Rights of the European Union , which was published at the end of November 2016.
- Educational canon
In 2018, together with Simone Meier , Hedwig Richter , Margarete Stokowski and seven other employees , she compiled the list These women must know , which she published in Spiegel Online and Watson.ch in August . The educational canon comprises 145 women and three groups of women, divided into science, technology and research, theory and politics, literature and art.
Sibylle Berg's works have been translated into 34 languages, her plays in 26 languages alone.
Berg's debut A few people looking for happiness and laughing their way to death became a popular success despite various reviews (for example, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung rated it rather negatively, but the Spiegel clearly positively). Based on the novel, Stephan Bruckmeier wrote a stage version that premiered at the Rampe Theater in Stuttgart in 1999 and was subsequently performed at the Plays 2000 theater festival in Oberhausen .
The Bochum musician Karsten Riedel has set texts by Sibylle Berg to music.
Daniel Schreiber describes Berg's characters as "full of unfulfillable longings, living in creepy relationships and endowed with inadequate bodies", which they "chased through the gym of real neoliberalism and let them fail mercilessly".
- 2000: Marburg Literature Prize for America
- 2006/07: Landis & Gyr Foundation grant
- 2008: Wolfgang Koeppen Prize
- 2012: Award from the City of Zurich
- 2014: Play of the year by the magazine Theater heute for It says nothing to me, the so-called outside
- 2015: Friedrich Luft Prize for And then came Mirna
- 2016: Radio Play Award of the War Blind for And Now: The World!
- 2016: Audience Award Pieces. Mülheimer Theatertage NRW for And then Mirna came to the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin
- 2016: Else Lasker Schüler Dramatist Prize
- 2017: Award from the City of Zurich
- 2019: Kassel Literature Prize for Grotesque Humor
- 2019: Thuringian Literature Prize
- 2019: Contribution to recognition of literature from the Canton of Zurich
- 2019: Swiss Book Prize for GRM. Brainfuck
- 2019: Nestroy Theater Prize in the Best Play category - Author's Prize for Hate Triptych - Ways out of the crisis
- 2020: Swiss Grand Prix for Literature
- 2020: Bertolt Brecht Literature Prize
- 2020: Johann Peter Hebel Prize (presented in May 2021)
- Who's Afraid of Sibylle Berg? ( Firecrackers and Bread , 2015)
- A few people are looking for happiness and laugh themselves dead. Roman. Reclam, Leipzig 1997; Reclam, Stuttgart 2015, ISBN 978-3-15-020410-8 .
- Sex II. Novel. Reclam, Leipzig 1998; Reclam, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-15-021665-1 .
- America. Novel. Hoffmann and Campe , Hamburg 1999; Goldmann , Munich 2001, ISBN 3-442-44848-4
- Gold. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2000; exp. Paperback edition: Kiepenheuer & Witsch , Cologne 2002, ISBN 3-462-03098-1 .
- The unpleasant first. Gentlemen's stories. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2001, ISBN 3-462-03037-X .
- Ends Well. Novel. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2004; Rowohlt Verlag , Reinbek 2005, ISBN 3-499-23858-6 .
- Did I already tell you ... A fairy tale for everyone. Illustrated by Rita Ackermann and Andro Wekua . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2006, ISBN 3-462-03735-8 .
- The ride . Novel. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2007; Rowohlt, Reinbek 2009, ISBN 978-3-499-24775-0 .
- The man is sleeping . Novel. Hanser , Munich 2009; dtv , Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-423-14002-7 .
- Thank you for living. Novel. Hanser, Munich 2012; dtv, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-423-14341-7 .
- How do I endure all of this? Ask Mrs. Sibylle. Hanser, Munich 2013; dtv, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-423-14406-3 .
- The day my wife found a husband. Hanser, Munich 2015; dtv, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-423-14534-3 .
- Wonderful years. When we were still traveling the world . Hanser, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-446-25408-4 .
- GRM. Brainfuck . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2019, ISBN 978-3-462-05143-8 .
- Nerds save the world . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2020, ISBN 3-462-05460-0 .
- "And I thought it was love". Farewell letters from women. DVA, Munich 2006; Goldmann, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-442-15456-2 .
- "That's it". Farewell letters from men. DVA, Munich 2008; Goldmann, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-442-15567-5 .
- On the ark, the jaguar is a vegetarian. And other biblical stories . Edition Chrismon, Frankfurt am Main 2015, ISBN 978-3-86921-290-6 .
- A few people are looking for happiness and are laughing themselves to death. Premiere: Theater Rampe in Stuttgart, July 14, 1999; Director: Eva Hosemann
- Helges Leben , premier: Schauspielhaus Bochum , October 21, 2000; Director: Niklaus Helbling
- Dog, woman, man , (inspired by the story Pure Love by Yael Hedaya ), premier: Theater Rampe Stuttgart, September 29, 2001; Director: Stephan Bruckmeier
- Herr Mautz , world premiere: Theater Oberhausen , March 9, 2002, director: Klaus Weise (written for leading actor Rolf Mautz )
- Look, that's where the sun goes down , premiere: Schauspielhaus Bochum, March 22, 2003; Director: Niklaus Helbling
- It will be fine. No more love! Premiere: Schauspielhaus Bochum, October 2nd, 2004; Director: Niklaus Helbling
Make a wish. Broadway-compatible musical by Frau Berg (music: Markus Schönholzer), premier: Schauspielhaus Zürich , September 29, 2006; Director: Niklaus Helbling
- Book edition in: Four pieces (with Helge's life , look, the sun goes down and it will be fine ). Reclam, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-15-020168-8 .
- Have I already told you ... A fairy tale for everyone , edited by Andreas Erdmann , premiere: Deutsches Theater Göttingen , October 2nd, 2007; Director: Katja Fillmann
- From those who survive (four-part evening; Sibylle Berg's part consisted of a text on the sculptures by Jon Pylypchuk) WP: Schauspielhaus Zürich, September 17, 2008; Director: Niklaus Helbling
- The golden last years , premier: Theater Bonn , February 18, 2009; Directed by Shirin Khodadadian
- Only at night , premiere: Burgtheater Vienna (Casino), February 26, 2010; Director: Niklaus Helbling
- The main thing is work! WP: Staatstheater Stuttgart , March 20, 2010; Director: Hasko Weber
- Missions of beauty , premiere: Staatstheater Stuttgart, September 30, 2010; Director: Hasko Weber
- Let yourself be surprised! A Christmas play , premier: Theater Bonn, December 3, 2010; Director: Maaike van Langen
- The ladies are waiting , Premiere: Theater Bonn, December 15, 2012; Director: Klaus Weise.
- Angst travels with , WP: Staatstheater Stuttgart, March 23, 2013; Direction: Hasko Weber, Sibylle Berg
- It doesn't mean anything to me, the so-called outside = And now: The world! , Premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater , Berlin, November 23, 2013; Director: Sebastian Nübling .
- Eat a lot, by Ms. Berg , premier: Halle Kalk of the Schauspiel Köln , October 18, 2014; Director: Rafael Sanchez .
- My rather strange friend Walter , UA: Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen, November 9, 2014; Director: Andrea Kramer
- And then came Mirna , premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, September 24, 2015, director: Sebastian Nübling. - Awarded the “Best Berlin and Potsdam Performance of 2015” with the Friedrich Luft Prize
- How to Sell a Murder House. A danced real estate portfolio , WP: Theater am Neumarkt Zurich, October 8, 2015; Director: Sibylle Berg.
- After us, the universe or the inner team knows no break , premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, September 15, 2017; Director: Sebastian Nübling
- Wonderland Ave. , Premiere: Schauspiel Köln, June 8, 2018; Director: Ersan Mondtag
- Hatred Triptych - Ways out of the Crisis , WP: Wiener Festwochen , May 24, 2019; Director: Ersan Mondtag
- In the Gardens , Premiere: Theater Basel , November 16, 2019; Director: Miloš Lolić
- Sex II , radio play, directed by Stefan Hardt with Inga Busch and Beate Jensen (SWR). 2000
- A few people are looking for happiness and are laughing themselves to death , radio play, director: Beate Andres . Speaker: Sophie Rois , Dagmar Sitte , Christian Berkel u. a. (NDR / HR), published DHV Munich 2003, ISBN 978-3-89940-157-8
- That ends well , radio play, director: Claudia Johanna Leist, composition: Caspar Brötzmann with the author (WDR). 2005
- It will be fine. Never love again! , Radio play, adaptation: Wolfgang Stahl , director: Sven Stricker , with Leslie Malton , Stefanie Stappenbeck , Daniela Ziegler , Andreas Fröhlich (NDR) radio play of the month July 2006.
- Hongkong Airport 23.45 , WDR 2007, 73 min. Director: Claudia Johanna Leist
- The man is sleeping , editing and direction: Leonhard Koppelmann , first broadcast on May 12, 2010 on NDR
- And now: the world! Or: It doesn't mean anything to me, the so-called outside. Radio play, directed by Stefan Kanis , with Marina Frenk (MDR) 2015.
- Sex II , abridged reading by the author, with music by Phillip Boa , Rammstein , Element of Crime , etc. a. Reclam, Leipzig 1999, ISBN 3-379-00771-4 .
- America , abridged reading by the author, Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 1999, ISBN 3-455-30192-4 .
- Gold , abridged reading by the author, Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-455-30211-4 (CD)
- Thank you for living , abridged reading by Gustav Peter Wöhler , 5 CD, 397 minutes. Audiobook Hamburg, Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-89903-388-5 .
- Stephanie Catani , Julia Schöll (ed.): Sibylle Berg. Heft 225, Edition Text and Criticism, München 2020, ISBN 978-3-96707-064-4 .
- Literature by and about Sibylle Berg in the catalog of the German National Library
- Publications by and about Sibylle Berg in the Helveticat catalog of the Swiss National Library
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- Ask Mrs. Sibylle . Column on Spiegel Online
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- Sibylle Berg at Hanser Verlag
- Sibylle Berg at Rowohlt Theaterverlag
- Short biography and reviews of works by Sibylle Berg at perlentaucher.de
- Public certification of the establishment of Bergwerk GmbH on June 16, 1998 by the Zurich notary's office (old town).
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- sibylleberg.com , homepage of the author
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- In an interview in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 2006, she described the GDR in retrospect as “this cold, gray dirt country”: “Prosperity also relaxes” , NZZ, December 24, 2006
- Interview with Sibylle Berg , Musikexpress , April 29, 2016, accessed on May 19, 2016.
- "Prosperity also relaxes" , NZZ, December 24, 2006
- Zueri makes you wet. EM city portrait by Sibylle Berg, Spiegel online, June 17, 2008.
- She has lived in Zurich for 16 years, the city she has always wanted to live in [...] She fell in love with this city when she came to Switzerland for the first time, when she had just fled from the GDR. in: Got away with life . Portrait of Daniel Schreiber in the magazine Cicero , July 2012, pp. 100-103 online ( memento from March 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) at cicero.de
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- She has been married to a muscular bald man for eight years, whom she met in Tel Aviv, her second home. in: Got away with life . Portrait of Daniel Schreiber in the magazine Cicero , July 2012, pp. 100-103 online ( memento from March 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), cicero.de
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- News , kulturnews.de
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|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German-Swiss writer, playwright and columnist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 2, 1962|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Weimar|