Hellmuth Karasek

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Hellmuth Karasek
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Born (1934-01-04) 4 January 1934 (age 81)
Brünn, Czechoslovakia
Occupation Journalist, author
Years active 1965–present
Hellmuth Karasek (left) and Jens Rusch

Hellmuth Karasek (born 4 January 1934) is a German journalist, literary critic, novelist and the author of many books on literature and film.

Karasek was born in Brünn, Czechoslovakia. In 1944, when he was ten, his family fled from Bielitz (today Poland) to Bernburg. After finishing his schooling in the early 1950s he moved from there—then part of East Germany—to West Germany and became a student at the University of Tübingen.

After his graduation Karasek started working as a journalist, and in 1968 became the theatre critic of Die Zeit. From 1974 until 1996 he worked for Der Spiegel. In 1999, he was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

In recent years Karasek has frequently appeared on German television, both in quiz shows and, together with Marcel Reich-Ranicki, as one of the permanent members of Das Literarische Quartett.

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Carl Sternheim (1965)
  • Max Frisch (1966)
  • Deutschland, deine Dichter (1970)
  • Brecht, der jüngste Fall eines Klassikers (1978)
  • Billy Wilder (1992)
  • Mein Kino (a personal list of the 100 best movies ever) (1994)
  • Go West! (about the 1950s) (1996)
  • Hand in Handy (about the mobile phone craze) (1997)
  • Das Magazin (novel, 1998)
  • Betrug (novel, 2001)
  • Karambolagen. Begegnungen mit Zeitgenossen (2002)
  • Auf der Flucht (memoir, 2004)


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 

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