Anna Winger

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Anna Winger (born 1970) is an American writer who lives in Berlin, Germany. She is creator of the television drama 'Deutschland 83' and author of the novel 'This Must Be the Place' (Riverhead). Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Winger's radio series for NPR Worldwide, Berlin Stories, is a literary archive about the city. It has been on the air since 2009. She speaks English, Spanish and German, but always writes in English.

Early life and education[edit]

Winger was born Anna LeVine. She was raised in Kenya, Massachusetts and Mexico. She has written about her time in Mexico for Condé Nast Traveler.

She was educated at Columbia University in New York.[1]


Before she started writing, Winger worked as a professional photographer for more than a decade.

Before 2002, Winger lived in New York and her husband Joerg Winger lived in Cologne. In 2002, they moved to Berlin, Germany.[2]

Winger's Deutschland 83, a television drama which she co-created with her husband Joerg, broadcast on Sundance TV (USA) in June 2015 and on RTL (Germany) in November and December 2015. The 8-episode series, about a young East German spy on an undercover mission to West Germany in 1983, had its world premiere when the first two episodes were shown at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Winger wrote the series in English, but it was shot in German. It is the first German-language series to be shown on American television.[citation needed]

Winger's first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published in 2008 by Riverhead Books.[2] She is currently developing a television series for BBCAmerica, a darkly comic family drama set in contemporary Berlin. She is also working on a second novel that takes place in Mexico, where she lived growing up.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "A Brief Conversation with Anna Winger". World Literature Today. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Schillinger, Liesl. "Anna Winger's 'This Must Be The Place'". New York Times. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 

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