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Helga Königsdorf
German writer

Helga Königsdorf

Helga Königsdorf
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Intro German writer
Was Mathematician Writer
From Germany Germany
Field Literature Mathematics
Gender female
Birth 13 July 1938, Gera
Death 4 May 2014, Berlin (aged 75 years)
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Biography

Helga Königsdorf (13 July 1938 – 4 May 2014) was an East German author and physicist.

Life

She was born in Gera, a farmer's daughter. She went into academia and was appointed to the East Berlin Academy of Sciences of the GDR from 1961 to 1990. Since 1974, she headed the Department of Probability and Mathematical Statistics. At age 40, she published her first short-story collection Meine ungehörigen Träume ("My Indecent Dreams").

Her writing peers included Christa Wolf, Brigitte Reimann and Maxie Wander, who worked on woman's rights issues in the GDR in the 70s and 80s. In 1990 she left academia to devote herself to writing full-time. Helga suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than 30 years.

Awards

  • 1985 Heinrich Mann Prize
  • 1992 Roswitha Prize

Works

Fiction

  • Meine ungehörigen Träume (short stories, 1978), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Der Lauf der Dinge (short stories, 1982), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Respektloser Umgang (short stories, 1986), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Lichtverhältnisse (short stories, 1988), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Ungelegener Befund (short stories, 1990), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Adieu DDR (memoir, 1990)
  • Gleich neben Afrika (short stories, 1992), Rowohlt Berlin Verlag
  • Im Schatten des Regenbogens (novel, 1993), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Über die unverzügliche Rettung der Welt (essays, 1994), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Die Entsorgung der Großmutter (novel, 1997), Aufbau-Verlag
  • Landschaft in wechselndem Licht (memoir, 2002), Aufbau-Verlag

Math

  • Helga Bunke: Gewöhnliche Differentialgleichungen mit zufälligen Parametern. Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1972.
  • Olaf Bunke, Helga Bunke (Hrsg.): Statistical methods of model building. Berlin 1986.
  • Olaf Bunke, Helga Bunke (Hrsg.): Nonlinear regression, functional relations and robust methods. 2 Bände, New York 1989.

English translations

Few of her fiction works have been translated into English. Fission was published by Northwestern University Press.

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