Julia Franck

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Julia Franck
Julia Franck.jpg
Franck in 2007
Born (1970-02-20) February 20, 1970 (age 45)
Berlin, East Germany
Occupation novelist
Nationality German
Notable works Die Mittagsfrau
Notable awards German Book Prize

Julia Franck (born February 20, 1970 in East Berlin) is a German writer.


Julia Franck, a twin, is the daughter of the actress Anna Franck and of the television producer Jürgen Sehmisch.

In 1978 the family moved to West Berlin where they spent nine months in a refugee camp. and later to Schleswig-Holstein. Franck studied German Literature and American Studies at the Free University of Berlin and spent some time in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. She worked as an editor for Sender Freies Berlin and contributed to various newspapers and magazines. She lives with her children in Berlin. Franck is the granddaughter of sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger.

Awards and honours[edit]

Franck has received several awards, most notably the German Book Prize in 2007 and the 3sat Award at the esteemed Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in 2000. In 2010 The Blind Side of the Heart was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize[1] as well as the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize[2]


  • Der neue Koch (1997)
  • Liebediener (1999)
  • Bauchlandung (2000)
  • Lagerfeuer (2003)
  • Mir nichts, dir nichts (2006)
  • Die Mittagsfrau (2007) (UK: The Blind Side of the Heart (2009); US: The Blindness of the Heart) (2010), translated by Anthea Bell
  • Grenzübergänge (2009), anthology, edited by Julia Franck
  • Rücken an Rücken (2011) (UK: Back to Back (2013); US: Back to Back) (2013), translated by Anthea Bell


Julia Franck's books have been translated into over 35 languages, including Albanian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, Greek, English, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Croatian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Rumanian, Swedish, Serbian, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Taiwanese, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian and Belarusian.

Film adaptions[edit]

West, a 2013 German film adaptation of the novel Lagerfeuer will open in US-American theatres on November 7, 2014.


External links[edit]

Her newest book "Back to Back", 2013 is the moving story of two unhappy children in communist East Germany in the 1950s and 1960s w/ a sharp portrayal of how totalitarianism can poison the family along with the rest of society.