Brigitte Kronauer

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Brigitte Kronauer
Brigitte Kronauer (2005) cropped.jpg
Kronauer in 2005
Born(1940-12-29)29 December 1940
Essen, Germany
Died22 July 2019(2019-07-22) (aged 78)
Hamburg, Germany
Occupation
  • Author
  • Novelist
Awards

Brigitte Kronauer (29 December 1940 – 22 July 2019)[1] was a German writer who lived in Hamburg. Her novels, written in the tradition of Jean Paul with artful writing and an ironic undertone, were awarded several prizes, including in 2005 the Georg Büchner Prize, in 2011 the Jean-Paul-Preis and in 2017 the Thomas Mann Prize.

Life[edit]

Kronauer was born in Essen, and grew up with her mother.[2] She studied pedagogy and worked as a teacher in Aachen and Göttingen.[3] She moved to Hamburg in the mid-1970s, where she began her literary work.[3][4] Her first novel appeared in 1980, Frau Mühlenbeck im Gehäus, published by Klett-Cotta Verlag [de], which also published all her following works.[3] The novel has autobiographic elements.[2] Its language was unusual in the literature after World War II, with sentences constructed with acrobatic audacity ("von akrobatischer Gewagtheit").[5] Kronauer named Jean Paul as influential for her work. As in his writing, sentences often contain double-meanings and ironic allusions.[5]

She wrote successful novels such as Berittener Bogenschütze (1986),[5] Teufelsbrück (2000), Verlangen nach Musik und Gebirge (2004), Errötende Mörder (2007), Zwei schwarze Jäger (2009), Gewäsch und Gewimmel (2013) and Der Scheik von Aachen (2016).[5][6] Her novel Das Schöne, Schäbige, Schwankende is scheduled to appear in August 2019. It is focused on a woman writer, full of self-irony.[5]

In 2005, she was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize for her literary oeuvre.[1][3][7] Among other awards, she received the Jean-Paul-Preis in 2011,[8] and the Thomas Mann Prize in 2017.[9]

Kronauer died on 22 July 2019 after a long illness in Hamburg.[3][6]

Legacy[edit]

Kronauer's colleague Martin Mosebach, who delivered the laudatory speech when she received the Thomas Mann Prize, said in an interview by Deutschlandfunk on 24 July 2019 that he regards her as writing in the tradition of Jean Paul in a noble way, mentioning aspects such a sublime artistry ("kunstvoll sublim")[10] and a tender humour with a "floating, ironic, delicate undertone ("schwebender, ironischer, zarter Unterton").[10] He described her as a person open to visual impressions, describing a character's emotions by noting how they are reflected in mimics, and great nature scenes, realising how nature "arches over the little odd human being" ("Die Natur wölbt sich über das kleine kauzige Menschenwesen"),[10] again similar to Jean Paul. He described her as a person with a penetrating mind, a perfect careful control of expression, always trying hard to find the right word, and of great kindliness ("... eben diese einzigartige Gegenwart eines durchdringenden Verstandes, einer vollkommenen, sehr, sehr sorgfältigen Kontrolliertheit ihres Ausdrucks, ein ungeheures Bemühen, immer das genau richtige Wort zu finden – und eine große Liebenswürdigkeit").[10]

The FAZ called her one of the greatest post-World War II women writers in German.[2]

When she received the Jean-Paul-Preis of Bavaria, her writing was described by the jury: "The brilliance of her style makes her an exceptional phenomenon in contemporary German literature" ("Die Brillanz ihres Stils macht sie zu einer Ausnahmeerscheinung in der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur"), with characteristics such as "inventiveness, humanity and a sense of humour that accompanies the often idiosyncratic characters of her books with love, and never betrays them" ("Erfindungskraft, Humanität und ein Humor, der die oft eigenwilligen Figuren ihrer Bücher mit Liebe begleitet und niemals verrät"),[8] while also considered the 'grand master of spite" ("Großmeisterin der Boshaftigkeit").[8]

Novels[edit]

Kronauer's novels, published by Klett-Cotta in Stuttgart and held by the German National Library, include:[11]

  • Frau Mühlenbeck im Gehäus, 1980, ISBN 3-12-904501-5; dtv, München 1984, ISBN 3-423-10356-6
  • Rita Münster, 1983, ISBN 3-608-95218-7; dtv, München 1991, ISBN 3-423-11430-4
  • Berittener Bogenschütze, 1986, ISBN 3-608-95420-1; dtv, München 2000, ISBN 3-423-11291-3
  • Die Frau in den Kissen, 1990; dtv, München 1996, ISBN 3-423-12206-4
  • Das Taschentuch, 1994, ISBN 3-608-93220-8; dtv, München 2001, ISBN 3-423-12888-7
  • Teufelsbrück, 2000, ISBN 3-608-93070-1; dtv, München 2003, ISBN 3-423-13037-7
  • Verlangen nach Musik und Gebirge, 2004, ISBN 3-608-93571-1; dtv, München 2006, ISBN 3-423-13511-5
  • Errötende Mörder, 2007, ISBN 978-3-608-93730-5; dtv, München 2010, ISBN 978-3-423-13898-7
  • Zwei schwarze Jäger, 2009, ISBN 978-3-608-93885-2
  • Gewäsch und Gewimmel, 2013, ISBN 978-3-608-98006-6
  • Der Scheik von Aachen, 2016, ISBN 978-3-608-98314-2

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Award winning German author Brigitte Kronauer dies at 78". pmnewsnigeria.com. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Autorin und Essayistin : Brigitte Kronauer ist tot". FAZ (in German). 23 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Brigitte Kronauer ist tot". Der Spiegel (in German). 23 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ Andre, Thomas (28 December 2010). "Brigitte Kronauer: Primadonna? Kein bisschen". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e Mangold, Ijoma (24 July 2019). "Glamouröse Handlungen / Zum Tod von Brigitte Kronauer, der Grande Dame der deutschen Literatur". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Brigitte Kronauer verstorben". Börsenblatt (in German). 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Urkundentext Brigitte Kronauer" (in German). Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d "Literatur / Jean-Paul-Preis für Brigitte Kronauer". Mittelbayerische (in German). 30 September 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Brigitte Kronauer erhält den Thomas Mann Preis 2017 / Verbindung von formaler Kühnheit mit psychologischer Subtilität". Börsenblatt (in German). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Mosebach, Martin (24 July 2019). "Martin Mosebach über Brigitte Kronauer / "Die Lektüre ihrer Werke braucht Hingabe"". Deutschlandfunk (in German). Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Works by Brigitte Kronauer". German National Library (in German). Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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