Terézia Mora

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Terézia Mora in 2009.
Terézia Mora, 2010.

Terézia Mora ([ˈtɛreːziɒ ˈmorɒ]; born 5 February 1971) is a Hungarian writer, screenwriter and translator.


Terézia Mora was born in Sopron, Hungary, to a family with German roots and grew up bilingual.[1]

She moved to Germany after the political changes in Hungary in 1990 in order to study Hungarian studies and drama at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Subsequently she trained as a screenwriter at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin.[2]

Mora is working on a trilogy about the IT specialist Darius Kopp, of which band I "The Only Man on the Continent" and Volume II "The Monster" have already appeared.

She is a member of the German PEN Center and the German Academy of Language and Poetry, whom she was elected by as a member in 2015.[3]

Since 1990 she has lived in Berlin, working as a freelance writer, writing in German.[3][4]

Mora is married and has one daughter.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1999 she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for Der Fall Ophelia, part of her first collection of short stories Seltsame Materie. In 2007, she received Austrian Franz-Nabl-Preis. In January 2010, she was awarded the German Adelbert-von-Chamisso prize. In October 2013, Mora won the 2013 German Book Prize for her novel Das Ungeheuer.[5]

On July 3, 2018, it was announced by the German Academy for Language and Literature that she will be presented the Georg Büchner Prize, one of Germany's highest literary honors, at a ceremony in October 2018. The prize comes with an award of 50,000 euros.[6]

  • 1997: Würth Literature Prize for her screenplay The Ways of Water in Erzincan and the Open-Mike-Literary Prize of the Berliner LiteraturWERKstatt for the tale Durst
  • 1999: Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for the narration The case of Ophelia, contained in her first volume of stories Strange Matter
  • 2000: Adelbert von Chamisso Award
  • 2001: Island writer on Sylt
  • 2002: Jane Scraberd Prize of the Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation for her translation of Péter Esterházy's Harmonia Caelesti
  • 2004: Mara Cassens Prize, Prize for the Art Prize of the Academy of Arts (Berlin), Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair for her novel Alle Tage (Category: Fiction)
  • 2005: Prize of LiteraTour Nord
  • 2006: Villa Massimo scholarship
  • 2006/2007: Tübingen Poetry Lecturer together with Péter Esterházy
  • 2007: Franz Nabl Prize
  • 2010: Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, Erich Fried Prize
  • 2011: Translation Prize of the Kunststiftung NRW for her translation by Péter Esterházys A production novel (two production novels) from the Hungarian and at the same time for her life's work [5]
  • 2011: "Grenzgänger-Scholarship" by the Robert Bosch Foundation for research on The Monster2013: German Book Prize for The Monster
  • 2013/2014: Frankfurt Poetics Lecturer
  • 2017: Bremen Literature Prize for Love Among Aliens
  • 2017: Prize of the Literaturhäuser
  • 2017: Solothurn Literature Prize
  • 2018: Roswitha Prize[7]
  • 2018: Georg Büchner Prize[8]



  • Strange matter, Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek 1999, ISBN 3-498-04471-0
  • Alle Tage, Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-630-87185-2
  • The only man on the continent, Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2009, ISBN 3-630-87271-9
  • The monster, Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2013, ISBN 3-630-87365-0
  • Love among aliens, narratives. Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-630-87319-0

Poetry lectures[edit]

  • Do not die, Luchterhand Literaturverlag, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-630-87451-7
  • The secret text. Salzburger Stefan branch Poetikvorlesung, special number publishing house, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3854494515


  • The Ways of Water in Erzincan, feature film, 30 min. (1998)
  • Boomtown / End of the City, feature film, 30 min. (1999)
  • The Alibi, screenplay for a thriller shown in German TV[9], 90 min. (2000)


  • Something like that (2003)


  • Miss June Ruby (2005)


  • About the drastic, in: BELLA triste No. 16 (2006)


  • Als nur die Tiere lebten (2014), translation of Amikor még csak az állatok éltek, (2012), by Zsófia Bán.
  • Abendschule – Ein Fibel für Erwachsene (2012), translation of Esti iskola – Olvasókönyv felnőtteknek, (2007), by Zsófia Bán


  1. ^ "Terézia Mora - Was bedeutet die Zweisprachigkeit für Ihr Schreiben?". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  2. ^ a b Krekeler, Elmar (2013-10-07). "Deutscher Buchpreis: Terézia Mora – Eine Frau schreibt sich in die Freiheit". DIE WELT. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  3. ^ a b "Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung - Akademie - Presse - Neue Mitglieder". www.deutscheakademie.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  4. ^ "Roman "Das Ungeheuer": Terézia Mora erhält Deutschen Buchpreis". Spiegel Online. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  5. ^ "Terézia Mora wins the German Book Prize 2013 for her novel "Das Ungeheuer"" (Press release). Deutscher Buch Preis. 7 October 2013. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  6. ^ https://www.deutscheakademie.de/en/awards/georg-buechner-preis
  7. ^ NDR. "Roswitha-Preis 2018 geht an Terézia Mora" (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  8. ^ "Terezia Mora erhält Georg-Büchner-Preis". news.ORF.at (in German). 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215385/?ref_=nmbio_mbio

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