Kathrin Passig

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Kathrin Passig
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Kathrin Passig (June 2009)
Born (1970-06-04) 4 June 1970 (age 46)
Deggendorf, Germany
Occupation Writer
Nationality German
Period late 20th-early 21st century
Genre non-fiction books, short story
Notable works You are here (2006), Lexikon des Unwissens (2007)
Notable awards Ingeborg Bachmann Prize

Kathrin Passig (born 4 June 1970) is a German writer.

Life and Works[edit]

Passig was born in 1970 in Deggendorf, a small town in Lower Bavaria. She is editor and programmer of the blog "Riesenmaschine"[1] which received the Grimme Online Award 2006, awarded by the renowned Adolf-Grimme-Institut. The same year, her short story “Sie befinden sich hier” (“You are here”) got her the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. One of her most successful books is "Lexikon des Unwissens – Worauf es bisher keine Antwort gibt" ("Encyclopedia of Ignorance – Everything we don't know so far") published by Rowohlt in 2007.[2]

She also works as a translator, among her translations are works by William Leonard Marshall, Bob Dylan, Jacob Weisberg, and Harlan Coben.


  • with Ira Strübel: Die Wahl der Qual (2000, Rowohlt)
  • Sie befinden sich hier (2006, transl. You are here by Lucy Powell)
  • with Holm Friebe: Das nächste große Ding (2007, Rowohlt)
  • with Aleks Scholz: Lexikon des Unwissens (2007, Rowohlt)
  • with Ira Strübel: Strübel & Passig. Gesammelte Kolumnen (2007, Verbrecher)
  • with Sascha Lobo: Dinge geregelt kriegen – ohne einen Funken Selbstdisziplin (2009, Rowohlt)
  • with Aleks Scholz: Verirren. Eine Anleitung für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene (2010, Rowohlt)
  • with Aleks Scholz and Kai Schreiber: Das neue Lexikon des Unwissens. (2011, Rowohlt)
  • with Sascha Lobo: Internet – Segen oder Fluch (2012, Rowohlt)
  • with Johannes Jander: Weniger schlecht programmieren (2013, O'Reilly)


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