Franz Hohler

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Franz Hohler
Franz Hohler Sommer.jpg
Franz Hohler in November 2008
Born (1943-03-01) 1 March 1943 (age 74)
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Occupation Author, playwright, cabaret performer
Language German, Swiss German
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater University of Zurich
Period 1967–present
Notable works s Totemügerli
Notable awards Alemannischer Literaturpreis (1987)
Kassel Literary Prize (2002)
Solothurner Literaturpreis (2013)
Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis (2014)
Spouse Ursula Nagel
Children 2

Franz Hohler was born on 1 March 1943 in Biel/Bienne. He lives as an author and cabaret performer in Zürich-Oerlikon.[1]


He is the author of one-man programs[2] and satirical programs for television and radio. He has written theater pieces, children's books, stories and novels. In 2002 he received the Kassel Literary Prize for Grotesque Humor,[3] in 2005 the Art Prize of Zurich,[4] in 2014 the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis.[5]

One of his most famous works is the "Totemügerli". It's a Swiss-German story based upon a fabulous creature, written to make fun of the particular dialect spoken in the Canton of Bern by using words sounding like the Bernese dialect but which aren't real words. His collection of witty short stories Der Stein (2011) features border-crossing between the realistic and the fantastic. It is humorous and thought-provoking.[6]


Books (selected works)[edit]


  • Martin Hauzenberger: Franz Hohler. Römerhof Verlag 2015, 978-3-905894-33-2.


  1. ^ "Franz Hohlers erste Biographie" (in German). 10vor10. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Swiss Consulate Sponsors 1-man Show At Converse". Spartanburg Herald. 3 March 1972. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Preisträger Kasseler Literaturpreis" (in German). Stiftung Brückner-Kühner. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Luchterhand: Franz Hohler
  5. ^ Baden-Württemberg: Franz Hohler receives Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis 2014
  6. ^ "Franz Hohler Der Stein (The Stone)". New Books in German. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 

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