Karl Bruckner

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Karl Bruckner, (January 9, 1906 – October 25, 1982) was an Austrian children's writer.

Committed to peace, international understanding, and social justice, he became one of Austria's leading writers for young people.[1]


The son of a printer, Bruckner grew up in the Viennese suburb of Ottakring and became a motor mechanic. He began to write in 1946. He travelled widely.


  • the City of Vienna Children's Book Prize - 1954 for Giovanna und der Sumpf
  • Austrian Children's Book Prize - 1956 for Die Strolche von Neapel
  • the City of Vienna Youth Book Prize - 1957 for Der goldene Pharao
  • Austrian Children's Book Prize - 1961 for Sadako will leben ('The Day of the Bomb')


  • Giovanna und der Sumpf (1954)
  • Die Strolche von Neapel (1955)
  • The Golden Pharaoh (English translation, 1959)
  • Viva Mexico (1962)
  • The Day of the Bomb (1962) (English translation of Sadako will leben, (Sadako wants to live) (1961), published in more than 122 countries and in 22 languages )
  • Die Spatzenelf (2000)


  1. ^ Eoin Bourke, Hermann Rasche, Christiane Schönfeld, Festschrift für Eoin Bourke (Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2004) p. 299 at books.google.co.uk

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