Ulla Hahn

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Ulla Hahn (2004)

Ulla Hahn (born April 30, 1945 in Brachthausen , today Kirchhundem in the Sauerland ) is a German writer . She is considered one of the most important contemporary poets.


Ulla Hahn grew up with her brother in Monheim am Rhein . After completing secondary school and training as an office clerk , Hahn caught up with her Abitur in 1964. She then studied German , sociology and history at the University of Cologne . In 1978, she was with the dissertation The trends in the West German and socialist literature of the sixties to Dr. phil. PhD. Hahn worked as a journalist - among other things in the literature department of Radio Bremen - and from 1978 as a lecturer at the universities of Bremen , Hamburg and Oldenburg . At times she was a member of the German Communist Party .

After Hahn had published his first poems in the early 1970s, Marcel Reich-Ranicki campaigned for her works in the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1981. The volume of poetry Herz über Kopf became a bestseller , and by 1983 had a circulation of 18,000 copies. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung later paid tribute to the writer's “artistic furiosity in playing with literary tradition”, while Die Zeit complained about “too obvious creative drive”. As a scholarship holder of the Villa Massimo , she worked on her second volume, Spielende . In the following years Hahn published Freudenfeuer and Unheard-of proximity , with the latter volume in particular receiving mixed reviews from the critics. In 1991 she presented her first novel A Man in the House , which was largely rejected by criticism.

Hahn then returned to poetry and only published her second novel ten years later with the title Das Verborgene Wort . This was judged positively by many observers, including the Neue Zürcher Zeitung attested to the author's "great narrative talent". In contrast, Marcel Reich-Ranicki criticized the work in the Literary Quartet , which Hahn judged as a "hate speech" and "obvious attempt at annihilation". The plot of the novel revolves around a girl who escapes from the confines of her parents' home into the world of literature. Here, as in the sequels Aufbruch und Spiel der Zeit , autobiographical traits can be recognized. The novel cycle was completed with the book We Are Expected in 2017 .

Hahn has been a member of the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg and the PEN Center Germany since 1987 . She signed the so-called “Appeal of 33”, which was launched by EMMA magazine after the 2005 Bundestag election and called for the election results to be dealt with fairly. The Ulla Hahn Author Award of the city of Monheim am Rhein, which has been awarded every two years since 2012, is named after Hahn . In 2013 the Ulla Hahn House was opened in her parents' house, which is dedicated to child and youth culture with a focus on language and reading promotion.

Hahn lives in Hamburg and is married to Klaus von Dohnanyi .


Ulla Hahn at the Erlangen Poetenfest (2009)


So Open the World (2004)





  • Susanne Baackmann: Explain love to me. Feminine spellings of love in contemporary literature . Argument, Hamburg / Munich 1995, ISBN 3-88619-237-7 (special volume NF, AS 237).
  • Boris Hoge: German perpetrators, Russian victims and strategies of obscurity in Ulla Hahn's “Blurred Images”. In: Ders .: Writing about Russia. The construction of space, history and cultural identity in German narrative texts since 1989. Winter, Heidelberg 2012, ISBN 978-3-8253-6133-4 , pp. 174–208.
  • Waltraud Nottbohm: Religious Imagery: An Interpretative Philosophical Study of Ulla Hahn's Poetry , LIT Verlag, Berlin / Münster 2010 (also: Hildesheim, Univ., Diss., 2009), ISBN 978-3-643-10335-2 .


  • Dummy head: beautiful and useless. Songs to contemporary poetry. Aulos-Schallplattenverlag, Viersen-Dülken 1987, AUL 53599. The album of the Herdecker Trio Heidrun Reymann (vocals), Siegfried Hiltmann (saxophone, flute, clarinet) and Ulrich Heimann (guitar) contains, among other things, solar wind from bonfire (Stuttgart 1985), figuratively spoken , Before parting and the song of fear from heart over head (Stuttgart 1981).

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. The year of birth is often incorrectly given as 1946; s. on this, life data in the DNB and RP Online: Article about Ulla Hahn with details of her age at the end of 2014
  2. ^ Lothar Schröder: The chronicler of the Rhineland . In: Rheinische Post . 15th October 2014.
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  4. Published as: Ulla Hahn: Literature in action: for the development of operational forms of literature in d. Federal Republic . Academic Publishing Company Athenaion, Wiesbaden, 1978.
  5. ^ Dataset for the dissertation at the German National Library , accessed on August 4, 2017
  6. Emmanuel van Stein: Mao sayings like from the church calendar . In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . October 11, 2014.
  7. Hannes Schwenger: Mao, Marx and Marihuana. Ulla Hahn continues her autobiographical educational epic with “Spiel der Zeit” . In: Der Tagesspiegel . September 21, 2014, p. 28 .
  8. http://www.literaturkritik.de/public/rezension.php?rez_id=20607
  9. a b Kristina Maidt-Zinke: incense and potato pancakes . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . December 12, 2014, p. 14 .
  10. Ulrich Greiner: With grace, mild as vanilla. In: The time. September 23, 1983, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  11. Walter Hinck: Nowhere settled except in the word. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. April 30, 2006, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  12. Franz Josef Görtz: The poet and the twisted words . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung . October 28, 2001, p. 55 .
  13. ^ Proletarian tragedy - Ulla Hahn's impressive novel . In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . September 20, 2001, p. 67 .
  14. Marcel Reich-Ranicki: One last “attempt at destruction”? In: Spiegel Online. October 23, 2001, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  15. Ulla Hahn's search for one's own voice , NDR , August 29, 2017
  16. Women's initiatives: Merkel should become chancellor. In: The Standard. October 11, 2005, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  17. ^ Dorian Audersch: What connects Ulla Hahn with Monheim . In: Rheinische Post . November 10, 2014.
  18. ^ D. Schmidt-Elmendorff: Monheim: City praises the Ulla Hahn Prize. In: Rheinische Post. April 17, 2012, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  19. Oliver Schaal: Monheim: The fairy tale of Ulla Hahn. In: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. April 16, 2012, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  20. Ulla Hahn House - Literature and Language in Mohnheim am Rhein. Retrieved January 10, 2015 .
  21. Federal President: Von Dohnanyi would have agreed. Former Mayor praises Chancellor Merkel . In: The world . December 30, 2014, p. 26 .
  22. ^ Author portrait - Ulla Hahn. Radio Bremen, in the web archive, accessed on December 9, 2017 .
  23. Ulla Hahn - Guest at poetry on the road 2014. Literaturhaus Bremen, accessed on January 10, 2015 .
  24. Ulla Hahn reads from her latest volume of poetry. University of Koblenz-Landau, accessed on January 10, 2015 .
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  26. on bad-gandersheim.de at the bottom list of all award winners as pdf accessed on February 24, 2020
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  28. Cicero speaker award. Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft, accessed on January 10, 2015 .
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  30. Hertha Koenig Prize. In: NRW literature on the net . October 21, 2013, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  31. Ulla Hahn receives Ida Dehmel Literature Prize 2010 from GEDOK. In: Book Market. June 21, 2010, accessed January 10, 2015 .
  32. Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers awards the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to 20 citizens. State government of North Rhine-Westphalia, January 14, 2010, accessed on January 10, 2015 .
  33. Honorary doctorate for Ulla Hahn and Inge Schoenthal Feltrinelli. Heidelberg University, June 16, 2011, accessed on February 1, 2015 .
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