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Herbert Rosendorfer
German writer

Herbert Rosendorfer

Herbert Rosendorfer
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Intro German writer
A.K.A. Rosendorfer, Vibber Togesen, Vibber Tøgesen
Was Judge Screenwriter Writer Poet Lawyer Poet lawyer
From Germany
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Law Literature
Gender male
Birth 19 February 1934, Bolzano, Italy
Death 20 September 2012, Bolzano, Italy (aged 78 years)
Star sign Pisces
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Herbert Rosendorfer (19 February 1934 in Bolzano – 20 September 2012 in Eppan, South Tyrol) - German jurist and writer.


Herbert Rosendorfer was born in the village of Gries (currently in the province of Bolzano) in the South Tyrol. From 1939 to 1943, he lived in Munich. In 1943, he was evacuated to Kitzbühel, returning to Munich five years later.

After finishing school, Rosendorfer spent a year studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich but then entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Munich.

Between 1967 and 1993, Rosendorfer served as a judge in Munich, after which he was a Justice at the High Court of Appeal in Naumburg. Also, from 1990, he was an honorary professor of the history of Bavarian literature at the University of Munich.

Following his retirement, he lived in Eppan, in the South Tyrol, till his death on 20 September 2012.

Awards and distinctions

Rosendorfer was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Academy of Sciences and Literature (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur) in Mainz. He received the 1977 Toucan Prize, the 1991 Ernst Hoferichter Award, the 1992 Upper Bavarian Cultural Prize, the 1999 Jean-Paul Prize, and the 2010 Corine Literature Prize for his lifetime achievements.

He was honoured with the Order of Merit, First Class (1996), the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2004.


Rosendorfer penned numerous novels and short stories, as well as plays, TV scripts, historical research, and treatises and guides on music. Some of his works belong in the genre of fantasy; even in his works of realism and history, he often used elements of satire and the grotesque.

He was a painter and composer, and combined his passion for literature and music in several librettos for the opera.


The following books are available in English translation from Dedalus Books.

  • The Architect of Ruins. Trans. Mike Mitchell. Dedalus. 2011. p. 368. ISBN 978-1903517796.CS1 maint: others (link) (Original title - Der Ruinenbaumeister (1969))
  • Stephanie. Trans. Mike Mitchell. 1995. p. 160. ISBN 978-1873982174.CS1 maint: others (link) (Original title - Stephanie und das vorige Leben (1977))
  • Letters Back to Ancient China. Trans. Mike Mitchell. 2006. p. 274. ISBN 978-1903517390.CS1 maint: others (link) (Original title - Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit (1983))
  • Grand Solo for Anton. Trans. Mike Mitchell. 2007. p. 240. ISBN 978-1903517451.CS1 maint: others (link) (Original title - Großes Solo für Anton (1976))


  • Two Marches, opus 7 for piano with four hands, Munich, 1999
  • Musical Moments, opus 8a for flute and piano, Munich, 2000
  • Musical Moments, opus 8b for oboe and piano, Munich, 2000
  • Glory and Honour to the city of Passau, opus 9 for oboe (flute), clarinet and bassoon, Munich, 2000
  • Two songs, opus 10 No. 1 and 2 for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Munich, 2000
  • The Twelve Apostles of Rohrdorf; first performed December 1, 2005 at the Benedictine school in Ettal
  • Concerto in D major for oboe and chamber orchestra, opus 14, 2008.
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