Felicitas Hoppe

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Felicitas Hoppe
Felicitas Hoppe Leipzig 2012.png
Born (1960-12-22) 22 December 1960 (age 57)
Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany
Occupation Writer
Nationality German
Period late 20th – early 21st century
Genre Narrative

Felicitas Hoppe (born 22 December 1960 in Hamelin, Lower Saxony) is a German writer.


Early years[edit]

Felicitas Hoppe was born in Hamelin and grew up there. After her Abitur she studied literature, rhetorics and theology: from 1982 to 1984 at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, from 1984 to 1986 at the University of Oregon and from 1987 to 1990 at the Freien Universität Berlin. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. She worked as a dramaturge and journalist. Since 1996 she has been a freelance writer living in Berlin.


Her work often deals with transitory themes, as in "Picknick der Friseure", in a comical, but nevertheless thrilling way, which make her stories seem to be absurd. She also uses the technique of quotation for her novels, as in "Johanna", where she reconstructs the story of Joan of Arc using official case records.[1] As a relatively young, successful and female writer, she belongs to a group of writers which literary criticism calls the "Fräuleinwunder".

For her work as a writer she received the following awards: in 1994 Alfred-Döblin-Stipendium (a scholarship), in 1996 Aspekte-Literaturpreis and the Ernst-Willner-Preis at the Festival of German-Language Literature in Klagenfurt, in 1997 the Rauriser Literaturpreis, in 2004 the Nicolas Born-Preis des Landes Niedersachsen, the Heimito von Doderer-Literaturpreis and the Spycher: Literaturpreis Leuk, in 2005 the Brüder-Grimm-Preis der Stadt Hanau. In 2005 she also held the Poetikdozentur: junge Autoren der Fachhochschule Wiesbaden. In 2007 she received Literaturpreis der Stadt Bremen and the Roswitha-Preis. In 2008 Hoppe held the Bert Brecht Gastprofessur at the University of Augsburg.

In 2012, Felicitas Hoppe was awarded the most prestigious literary prize in German literature, the Georg Büchner Prize.[2]


  • Unglückselige Begebenheiten, Eppelheim 1991
  • Picknick der Friseure, Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1996
  • Das Richtfest, Berlin 1997
  • Drei Kapitäne, Berlin 1998
  • Pigafetta, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1999
  • Vom Bäcker und seiner Frau, Berlin 1999
  • Die Torte, Berlin 2000
  • Fakire und Flötisten, Berlin 2001
  • Paradiese, Übersee, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2003
  • Die Reise nach Java, Berlin 2003
  • Verbrecher und Versager, Hamburg 2004
  • Ausgerutscht, Mathegeschichte
  • Johanna, Frankfurt am Main 2006
  • Iwein Löwenritter, Frankfurt am Main 2008
  • Sieben Schätze. Augsburger Vorlesungen, Frankfurt am Main 2009
  • Der beste Platz der Welt, Dörlemann Verlag, Zürich 2009


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