Monika Helfer
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Monika Helfer

Monika Helfer was born in 1947 in Au / Bregenzerwald, and lives as a writer with her family in the Vorarlberg region of Austria. She has published numerous novels, short stories and children’s books. Her works have received numerous distinctions, including the Robert Musil Stipend, the Austrian Prize for Literature and the Solothurner Literature Prize. She received the 2021 Schubart Literature Prize of the city of Aalen for her novel Die Bagage (2020). Her most recent publication with Hanser is the novel Vati (2021).    

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Lionheart

Lionheart

Monika Helfer turns her life experiences into literature. After Die Bagage and Vati: the new novel about a family from the Austrian Vorarlberg. Lionheart is an intimate portrait, a story about ...

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Daddy

Daddy

“We called him Daddy. That’s what he wanted. He thought it sounded modern.”

Monika Helfer continues the tale she began in The Riff-Raff – the one of her family. Daddy is a ...

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The Riff-Raff

The Riff-Raff

This novel is a powerful and poignant portrait of a woman and mother at the beginning of the twentieth century. Monika Helfer tells the story of her own origins, of a family that is only ever ...

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Two Women Waiting for their Chance

Two Women Waiting for their Chance

One novel, two authors: a story of friendship and growing old; a tale of tears and laughter. A travesty of comic melancholy – a masked ball.

Two women writers get together after a ...

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The Open-Air Bar.

The Open-Air Bar.

Monika Helfer’s short stories transport the reader to a world full of magic and poetry.Here’s Carolin for example, a stylish redhead who is fed up with sleeping alone in her big double bed. ...

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Oskar and Lilli

Oskar and Lilli

They have no father and their mother is not up to taking care of them, so Oskar, 7, and Lilli, 9, run away from home. Before long, they are picked up by the police. Their mother is admitted to a ...

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Rosie and the Great-grandfather

Rosie and the Great-grandfather

Rosie’s family lives in America, far away from the little Austrian town where her Jewish ancestors lived for many generations. But luckily her great-grandfather still remembers all the old ...

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Termine

Monika Helfer: "Löwenherz". Im Rahmen der Weinfelder Literaturtage | Zur Veranstaltungs-Website

Weinfelden
Weinfelden

Monika Helfer: "Löwenherz" | Zur Veranstaltungs-Website

Winterthur
Garten der Villa Trollegg,
Trollstrasse 33,
8400 Winterthur

Monika Helfer: "Löwenherz" | Zur Veranstaltungs-Website

Rankweil
Verein Mesnerstüble,
Liebfrauenberg 8,
6830 Rankweil

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Presse

 "Eine an Erzählwundern übervolle Sprachkünstlerin." Alexander Solloch, NDR Kultur, 31.01.22

Awards

2022 Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis

2021 Schubart-Literatur-Preis

2021 Bodensee-Literaturpreis

2020 Solothurner Literaturpreis

1997 Österreichischer Würdigungspreis

1994 ORF-Hörspielpreis

1992 Dramatikerstipendium des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht und Kunst

1991 Förderungspreis des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht und Kunst für Literatur

1989 Literaturstipendium des Landes Vorarlberg

1985 Franz-Michael-Felder-Medaille für Verdienste um die Literatur Vorarlbergs

1980 Staatsstipendium des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht und Kunst

1973 Ehrengabe für Kunst und Wissenschaft des Landes Vorarlberg für Literatur

Bibliographie

Im Hanser Kinderbuch ist erschienen:
2010 Rosie und der Urgroßvater. Kinderbuch. Gemeinsam mit Michael Köhlmeier

Im Deuticke Verlag ist erschienen
1999 Bestien im Frühling. Stück
2010 Bevor ich schlafen kann. Roman
2011 Oskar und Lilli. Roman
2012 Die Bar im Freien. Aus der Unwahrscheinlichkeit der Welt

2013 Zwei Frauen warten auf eine Gelegenheit. Roman (gemeinsam mit Ingrid Puganigg)
Weitere Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl)
1977 Eigentlich bin ich in Schnee geboren
1984 Die wilden Kinder
1986 Mulo. Eine Sage
1989 Ich lieb Dich überhaupt nicht mehr
1991 Der Neffe
1994 Der Mensch ist verschieden. Variationen zu Theophrast (gemeinsam mit Michael Köhlmeier)
1995 Kleine Fürstin
1998 Wenn der Bräutigam kommt
1999 Mein Mörder
2002 Rosie in New York
2004 Rosie in Wien