Helene Hegemann

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Helene Hegemann in 2013

Helene Hegemann (born February 19, 1992, in Freiburg im Breisgau) is a German writer, director, and actress. As a young writer her work was highly praised, but her first novel, Axolotl Roadkill, sparked a plagiarism controversy.[1][2] The book has since been translated in various languages.


She was raised by her divorced mother, a graphic artist and painter. After her mother's death, Hegemann moved in with her father.[3] She began writing and first gained attention with her blog. On 6 December 2007, her play, Ariel 15 premiered in Berlin at Ballhaus Ost, directed by Sebastian Mauksch. Hegemann called her play a literary fairy tale piece.[4] Deutschland Radio adapted it as a radio drama in 2008.[5] That same year, a screenplay she wrote at 14 was developed. It was underwritten by the Federal Cultural Foundation.[6] The resulting film, Torpedo, a youth drama, premiered in 2008 at the Hof Film Festival and ran in German cinemas in summer 2009. It won the Max Ophüls Prize.[7] Hegemann credits the Jean-Luc Godard film Weekend as a major influence on her writing style.[8] In 2009, Hegemann played a role in the episodic film Germany 09, by Nicolette Krebitz. Hegemann appeared in the segment "Die Unvollendete", where Ulrike Meinhof and Susan Sontag meet.

Hegemann lives in Berlin[9] with her partner Andrea Hanna Hünniger and studies at a high school for non-traditional students.[10]

In 2013, her second novel Jage zwei Tiger was published.




  • Torpedo 2008, (Director, Writer) [11]
  • Axolotl Overkill 2017 (Director, Writer) [12]



  • Daniel Stich, Axolotl Roadkill und die Plagiatsdebatte: Welche erzählerische Funktion haben die unausgewiesenen Zitate im Roman Helene Hegemanns?, GRIN Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-640-96776-6