Jürg Schubiger

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Jürg Schubiger, March 2014

Jürg Schubiger (14 October 1936 – 15 September 2014) was a Swiss psychotherapist and writer of children's books. He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Award) in 1996 for Als die Welt noch jung war.[1]

For his "lasting contribution" as a children's writer Schubiger received the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2008. The award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books.[2][3]


Schubiger was born in Zürich and raised in Winterthur, Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Zürich in German Studies, Psychology and Philosophy.[4] He wrote his PhD thesis on Franz Kafka. He most recently lived in Zürich. Schubiger died in 2014, aged 77, four weeks and one day before his 78th birthday.[5]





  1. ^ "Jürg Schubiger". Litrix.de. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  3. ^ "2008" (directory). Hans Christian Andersen Awards. IBBY. With presentation speech by Zohreh Ghaeni (7 September 2008), acceptance speech by Schubiger, and other contemporary material. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  4. ^ "Jürg Schubiger". Goethe Institut. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Schweizer Schriftsteller Jürg Schubiger gestorben". orf.at (in German). 16 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.

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