Sibylle Lewitscharoff

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"In her literature, she combines irony, wit and poetic approaches to the world that we have not been able to find in German literature since Romanticism." Born in Stuttgart in 1954 to a Bulgarian father and German mother, she has published mainly novels, short stories and essays since 1994. Her only drama to date, Vor dem Gericht, received its world premiere in May 2012 at Mannheim's National Theater. Her highly acclaimed novel Blumenberg was published in 2011 and is about a fictional lion by the Münster philosopher Hans Blumenberg. Lewitscharoff has repeatedly reflected theoretically on her poetic work, most recently in Vom Guten. Wahren und Schönen - Frankfurter und Züricher Poetikvorlesungen (2012). In addition, the author has also gained recognition as an illustrator of her own works.

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Sibylle Lewitscharoff (Leipzig Book Fair 2009)

GPP event series with Sibylle Lewitscharoff

In the summer semester 2013, the Kassel Grimm Professor held her events from Tuesday, 6/11, to Thursday, 6/13, each at 6:00 pm. [The seminar on Wednesday 6/10 was at 4:00 p.m.] On 6/11 she spoke about her new "Dante" project, on Wednesday she led a seminar on questions of style and ethical principles of writing, and on Thursday she read from the novel Blumenberg. All events were open to the public and took place in the lecture hall of the Kunsthochschule (34121 Kassel, Menzelstraße 13, Nordbau).

Prizes and awards (selection):

  • 2007 Member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry
  • 2008 Marie-Luise-Kaschnitz Prize
  • 2009 Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 
  • 2010 Member of the Academy of Arts (Berlin)
  • 2011 Frankfurt Poetics Lectures
  • 2011 Doubts about the Good, the True, the Beautiful, Zurich Poetics Lectures
  • 2011 Kleist Prize
  • 2011 Ricarda Huch Prize
  • 2011 Marieluise Schleißer Prize
  • 2011 Wilhelm Raabe Prize for Literature 
  • 2011/2012 Scholarship holder of the International Artists' House Villa Concordia in Bamberg
  • 2013 Scholarship holder of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo
  • 2013 Georg Büchner Prize