Helene Hegemann

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Helene Hegemann in 2013

Helene Hegemann (born 19 February 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.



  • Axolotl Roadkill, Ullstein, 22 January 2010, ISBN 978-3-550-08792-9
  • Jage zwei Tiger, Hanser, 26 August 2013, ISBN 978-3-446-24367-5


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


  1. ^ "Helene Hegemann, the art of cut and paste". Berliner Zeitung. 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ Nicholas Kulish (February 11, 2010). "Author, 17, Says It's 'Mixing,' Not Plagiarism". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Rapp, Tobias (18 January 2010). "Autoren: Das Wunderkind der Boheme" – via Spiegel Online.
  4. ^ "- Ballhaus Ost". www.ballhausost.de.
  5. ^ "- Ariel 15 - oder die Grundlagen der Verlorenheit".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  7. ^ Weißmüller, Laura (25 September 2018). "Katapultiert ins Elend der Jugend" – via Sueddeutsche.de.
  8. ^ http://032c.com/2013/helene-in-hysterialand/ HELENE IN HYSTERIALAND. By Mara Delius. 032c 21 January 2014
  9. ^ Lutz, Cosima (20 January 2010). "Jung-Autorin: Hegemann feiert die Kommune im Kapitalismus" – via www.welt.de.
  10. ^ http://www.yaez.de/Kino/164-Sie-ist-jung-und-braucht-den-Dreh.html
  11. ^ "Alleskino- Torpedo". Alleskino.
  12. ^ IMDB Axolotl Overkill https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5061564/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1. Missing or empty |title= (help)


  • 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