Dorothee Elmiger

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Dorothee Elmiger
Dorothee Elmiger (2014)
Dorothee Elmiger (2014)
Wetzikon, Switzerland

Dorothee Elmiger (born 1985 in Wetzikon) is a Swiss writer. She presently lives in Switzerland. Elmiger is considered one of the most promising young Swiss writers, especially after winning the second Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Kelag Prize, in 2010.


After finishing school her primary schooling, Dorothee Elmiger went to New Hampshire before beginning her studies of philosophy and political sciences at the University of Zurich. She received her professional training at the Swiss Institute for Literature in Biel/Bienne and at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig, where she spent an exchange semester.

Elmiger has won several prizes, including the aspekte-Literaturpreis and the Rauriser Literaturpreis for best literary debut. In 2014, Elmiger received the Hermann-Hesse-Förderpreis for her second novel Schlafgänger, in 2015 she was awarded a Swiss Literature Award by the Federal Office of Culture and the Erich Fried Prize.

Her work has been translated into several languages, including English, French, Swedish and Turkish.


  • Dorothee Elmiger u. a.: Dorf, Uerste Verlag 2009
  • Einladung an die Waghalsigen. DuMont, Köln 2010, ISBN 978-3-8321-9612-7
  • Schlafgänger. DuMont, Köln 2014, ISBN 978-3-8321-9742-1

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