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Hermann Bürger

Biography

Hermann Bürger was born in 1942 in Menziken. His father worked for an insurance company, though the family was involved in a tobacco company. Burger initially studied architecture, but switched to German literature and art history. His first work was a collection of poems he would continue to write – poems, stories, essays and novels. Burger was depressive – he wrote a book on suicide and announced the author’s suicide in one of his works. His divorce and loss of contact with his children made matters worse and he took an overdose of sleeping pills in 1989 just a few days after Brenner Part 1 Brunsleben (Brenner) was first published in German.

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Bibliography

1967 Rauchsignale (poetry)
1970 Bork (prose pieces)
1974 Paul Celan. Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Sprache (literature)
1976 Schilten. Schulbericht zuhanden der Inspektorenkonferenz (novel)
1979 Diabelli (stories)
1980 Kirchberger Idyllen (poetry)
1982 Kleine Welt in bunten Bildern. Naive Malerei von Elisabeth Hostettler und Texte von Hermann Burger (art)
1982 Die Künstliche Mutter (novel)
1983 Ein Mann aus Wörtern (literature)
1985 Schriftbilder der Natur (photos by Eckhard Hennig, text by Burger)
1986 Die allmähliche Verfertigung der Idee beim Schreiben (literature)
1986 Blankenburg (stories)
1987 Als Autor auf der Stör (literature)
1988 Der Schuss auf die Kanzel (story)
1988 Tractatus logico-suicidalis. Über die Selbsttötung (essay on suicide)
1989 Der Puck (stories)
1989 Brenner Part 1 Brunsleben (Brenner)
1992 Brenner Part 2 Menzenmang (incomplete)
2016 Der Lachartist (essay)
2016 Lokalbericht (novel)
2017 Der Büchernarr und andere Geschichten (stories)