Karin Struck

Karin Struck ( born May 14, 1947 in Schlagtow at Greifswald; † 6 February 2006 in Munich) was a German writer.

Life and work

Karin Struck was born into a peasant family that had fled to the Federal Republic in 1953 because of the collectivization of agriculture from the GDR. Struck's father worked in various jobs, including as an iron foundry and the textile industry. Karin Struck grew up in East Westphalia Schloss Holte- Stukenbrock. In 1966, they put in Bielefeld from her high school and then studied Romance languages ​​, German and Psychology at the Ruhr- University Bochum, Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms- University of Bonn and the Heinrich -Heine- University of Dusseldorf. During her studies, she was active in the Socialist German Student Union (SDS ). She was also a member of the German Communist Party, but from which she resigned in protest against the treatment of the dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn by the Soviet authorities again.

Her first marriage ended in divorce in 1973; 1977 to 1981 she was married a second time. As a single mother of four children, she moved to Gutersloh. There, she converted to Catholicism in 1996 and later was a board member in the forum German Catholics.

1973 was one of Karin Struck with her ​​debut novel class love the founder circle of literary style New subjectivity, made the private phenomena to the seismographs of a society. This included the novel in the presentation of the Arnfrid Astel as protagonists Z.

1979 her book separation was filmed under the title The Story of Anna Wildermuth by Peter Beauvais with Sabine Sinjen in the lead role, the script they wrote themselves in 1982 withdrew Karin Struck the Suhrkamp publishing the manuscript for her eighth book Two women, a portrait of the peace movement at the beginning of the 1980s, because of personal disagreements and because the publisher Siegfried Unseld had expressed criticism of the text. The book was published in the same year in the trend -Verlag in Münster. In the 1980s, they found their works finals, embers and ash and bitter water a new home at the Albrecht Knaus Verlag and the early 1990s - after the departure of the publisher Albrecht Knaus - the List Verlag. Appeared there in 1991, her novel Bluebeard's shadow.

With the non-fiction book I see my child in a dream the author in 1992 took their development to have an abortion opponent. In the presence of the then Federal Minister for Women and Youth Angela Merkel Karin Struck fell into the NDR Talkshow on 3 July 1992 on the subject of abortion with the moderator Wolf Schneider, as well as with other guests in a conflict which led to her leaving the discussion board. Struck in 1991 had already fallen into a talk show with the journalist Geert Müller- Gerbes each other, which they accused of having even as a father of four no idea of ​​parenthood.

With lobelia, a collection of short stories with "Tales of the New Man ", and Ingeborg B. - duel with the mirror image of a dispute with Ingeborg Bachmann, she was unable to build on his earlier successes. In her last years she spent in Munich, they alienated themselves increasingly the literary world, trying in vain to find a publisher for more books. However, they also published further, after their conversion, especially in Catholic media. Only a few weeks before her death she wrote an essay for an anthology of her befriended artist Annegret Soltau.

Karin Struck died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer disease.

Awards (selection)


  • Class love. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1973
  • The mother. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1975
  • Loved ones. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1977
  • The lovable old woman. Narrative. With graphics by Annegret Soltau. Pfaffenweiler Press, Pfaffenweiler 1977
  • Separation. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1978
  • The hostel. Narrative. With offset lithographs by Hans -Jürgen Wormeck. Pfaffenweiler Press, Pfaffenweiler 1981
  • Childhood end. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1982
  • Two women. Tende, Münster 1982
  • Final. History of an undiscovered horse. Novel. Knaus, Hamburg 1984
  • Embers and ashes. A love story. Knaus, Munich / Hamburg 1985
  • Bitter water. Knaus, Munich / Hamburg 1988
  • Bluebeard's shadow. Novel. List, Munich / Leipzig in 1991
  • I see my child in a dream. Plea against abortion. Ullsteinhaus, Berlin / Frankfurt am Main 1992
  • Lobelia. Narratives. Langen Müller, Munich 1992
  • Ingeborg B. duel with the mirror image. Novel. Langen Müller, Munich 1993
  • Approximations of Ingeborg Bachmann. Destruction by men: Monologue for a writer. The crack: Pictures for Ingeborg Bachmann. Together with Annegret Soltau. Published by the Society Hessischer literature fans. Justus von Liebig Verlag, Darmstadt 2003