Monika Maron

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Monika Maron
Monika Maron (2018)
Monika Maron (2018)
Born3 June 1941

Monika Maron (born 3 June 1941 in Berlin) is a German author, formerly of the German Democratic Republic.[1]


She moved in 1951 from West to East Berlin with her stepfather, Karl Maron, the GDR Minister of the Interior. She studied theatre and spent time as a directing assistant and as a journalist. In the late 1970s, she began writing full-time in East Berlin. She left the GDR in 1988 with a three-year visa. After living in Hamburg, Germany, until 1992, she returned to a reunited Berlin, where she lives and writes. Her works deal to a large degree with confrontation with the past and explore the threats posed both by memory and isolation. Her prose is sparse, bleak, and lonely, conveying the sensitivity and desperation of her narrators.


In 1992, she was distinguished with the renowned Kleist Prize, awarded annually to prominent German authors, and, in 2003, with the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize.[2]


  • Flight of Ashes (Flugasche) (de) (1981)
  • Herr Aurich (Mr. Aurich) (1982)
  • Das Mißverständnis (The misunderstanding) (1982)
  • The Defector (Die Überläuferin) (1986)
  • Silent Close No. 6 (Stille Zeile Sechs) (1991)
  • Nach Massgabe meiner Begreifungskraft: Essays und Artikel (by the measure of my ability to comprehend: essays and articles) (1993)
  • Animal Triste (1996)
  • Pavel's Letters (Pawels Briefe) (1999)
  • Endmoränen (end moraines) (2002)
  • Quer über die Gleise (sideways across the tracks) (2002)
  • Wie ich ein Buch nicht schreiben kann und es trotzdem versuche (how I cannot write a book but try to anyhow) (2005)
  • Ach, Glück (oh, happiness/luck) (2007)
  • Bitterfelder Bogen. Ein Bericht (Bitterfeld arch: a report) (2009)
  • Zwei Brüder: Gedanken zur Einheit 1989–2009 (two brothers: thoughts on unity 1989–2009) (2010)
  • Zwischenspiel (interlude) (2013)
  • Munin oder Chaos im Kopf (2018)


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers Scot Peacock - 2002 - Monika Maron is a German writer whose publications include novels critical of communist rule in East Germany.
  2. ^ "The Bug Man". Retrieved 2008-09-19.