Sibylle Berg
Copyright: Joseph Strauch

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Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar, lived with a foster family in Constanta and later also in Israel, Germany and has Swiss citizenship. She studied in Hamburg, was active in Judo, Kung Fu and in military diving.  Sibylle Berg considers herself part of the Straight Edge movement and identifies herself as non-binary.

Sibylle Berg began writing while she was still studying (including oceanography) and has become one of the best-known contemporary playwrights in the German-speaking world with (current status 2020: 27 plays, 15 novels, numerous anthologies and radio plays, as well as complete translations into 34 languages.

Sibylle Berg was awarded the Swiss Book Prize for her latest novel "GRM - Brainfuck". In 2020 she received the Grand Prix Literature for her work, the highest award given by Switzerland for literary work.

Awards

  • 2008 - Wolfgang Koeppen Prize

  • 2009 - Invitation to the Mühlheimer Theatertage

  • 2010 - Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich

  • 2010 - Long List German Book Prize

  • 2012 - Nomination Swiss Book Prize (2012)

  • 2012 - Culture Prize of the City of Zurich

  • 2014 - Es sagt mir nichts. Best play of the year elected by "Theater Heute"

  • 2016 - Friedrich Luft Prize for the play "Und dann kam Mirna"

  • 2016 - Radio play award of the war-blind for "Und jetzt: Die Welt"

  • 2016 - Audience Award of the Mülheim Festival "Stücke - 2016" for "Und dann kam Mirna"

  • 2016 - Else-Lasker-Schüler Drama Prize

  • 2019 - Kassler literature prize for grotesque humor

  • 2019 - Thuringian Literature Prize

  • 2019 - Nestroy Theater Prize

  • 2019 - Swiss Book Prize for the novel "GRM - Brainfuck"

  • 2020 - Grand Prix Literature

  • 2020 - Berthold Brecht Prize

  • 2020 - Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis