born on 2/6/1962 in Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Sibylle Berg (born June 2, 1962 in Weimar, former East Germany) is a writer. She writes novels, essays, short stories and plays.
In the early 1980s she applied for permission to leave the East German state and moved to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1984.
Her first novel "Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot was published in 1994 and was later translated into 10 languages. Today it is part of German classes in Germany. "Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot has sold approx. 400.000 copies to date.
After her first novel "Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot (1994) her second novel "SEX II" was published in 1998, followed by "Amerika" (1999; novel), "Gold" (2000; essay.), "Das Unerfreuliche zuerst. Herrengeschichten" (2001; narration), "Ende gut" (2004; novel), "Habe ich dir eigentlich schon erzählt..." (2006; fairytale), "Die Fahrt" (2007; novel), "Vier Stücke" (2008, play), "Der Mann schläft" (2009; novel, nominated for German Book Prize 2009), Vielen Dank für das Leben (2012, novel), Wie halte ich das nur alles aus? (2013, essays).
Sibylle Berg acted as publisher for amongst others: "Und ich dachte, es sei Liebe. Abschiedsbriefe von Frauen" (2006), and "Das war's dann wohl. Abschiedsbriefe von Männern" (2008).
Sibylle Berg's books were translated into 18 languages.
Berg was nominated for Mülheim Playwright Prize with her plays Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot (2000), Helges Leben (2001), Hund, Frau, Mann (2002), and Die goldenen letzten Jahre (2009). In 2009 Helges Leben was transcribed into an opera by Mark Moebius and Karola Obermüller and premiered at Theater Bielefeld.
- Herr Mautz (2002)
- Eine Stunde Glück, Schau, da geht die Sonne unter (2003)
- Das wird schon (2004)
- Wünsch dir was (2006)
- Von denen, die überleben/Of those who will survive (2008)
- Die goldenen letzten Jahre (2009)
- Nur nachts (2010)
- Missionen der Schönheit (2010)
- Lasst euch überraschen (2010)
- Die Damen warten (2012)
- Angst reist mit (2013, Berg's debut as stage director)
Sibylle Berg's plays are translated into 16 languages.
2001 the NDR produced Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot as a radio play (director: Beate Andres). The radio play version of Ende gut was produced by WDR. The audio drama version of Das wird schon. Nie mehr Lieben! was premiered in 2006 in NDR and was nominated as "Radio Play Of The Month" by Deutschen Akademie der Darstellenden Künste.
Sibylle Berg writes essays for, amongst others NZZ, FAZ and Spiegel and teaches dramaturgy at ZHAW since 2013. Also in 2013 she founded the theatre collective Berg & Förster