Gisela Elsner

Gisela Elsner (* 2. May 1937 in Nuremberg, † 13. May 1992 in Munich) was a German authoress.

Gisela Elsner originated from a largecivil family; their father was a director with Siemens. It visited a material High School in Nuremberg, where it put 1957 down their Abitur. Until 1959 it studied philosophy, Germanistik and theatre sciences in Vienna. Afterwards it lived as a free authoress at different places: at the Starnberger lake, in Frankfurt/Main, 1963 to 1964 in Rome, 1964 to 1970 in London, afterwards in Paris, Hamburg, New York and finally in Munich. Until 1963 was it also the writer and lector marries Klaus Roehler; the marriage became divorced, after Gisela Elsner had left her married man and its three-year son Oskar.

1963 obtained it their largest literary success with their Erstling,the smallcitizen-grotesque “the giant dwarves”. Their early erzählerischen works were held in for the time an unusually rebellious, anti-civil clay/tone to convince are able however because of their designed actions and Elsners manieriertem style less and less. Also as the authoress in later works to a more realistic way of writing turned into, could not tie her any longer to the success of her debut.

Gisela Elsner suffered her life long from the Zwiespalt between their civil origin and their radical opposition against all civil one. Those expressed it in in the party newspaper of the German communist party (DKP) in February 1978 a printed discussion with the dramatist Franz Xaver Kroetz as drastically as possible: “In the reason me writers kotzen on, who do not get away from the idea, to be an outsider or a prophet and what they call their individual liberty, against whom try to out-pass on collective liberty, against the community offense themselves.” Gisela Elsner sympathized to vehement with that GDR - socialism, became member of the DKP, from which it withdrew in view of assumed reformerischer tendencies in June 1989. In October 1989 it became again member and held also after the fall of the GDR to its communist convictions. A mixture from personal problems, literary Erfolglosigkeit and political lack of perspectives led 1992 to its Suizid. Over the final phase of her life Gisela Elsners turned Son Oskar Roehler in the year 2000 the film “the untouchable one “.

Gisela Elsner participated 1962 and 1963 in conferences of the group 47 , since 1962 it cooperated in the Dortmunder “group 61”, and since 1971 it was member of the PEN - center of the Federal Republic of Germany. It received among other things the following honors: 1963 a July US coming PE scholarship, 1964 the Prix form gate and 1987 the Gerrit Engelke literary award of the city Hanover.


  • my hero - Constantin the fir man, Elmarshausen (among other things) 2005
  • tri Boell, oiled [among other things] 1956 (together with Klaus Roehler)
  • the giant dwarves, Reinbek with Hamburg 1964
  • the new generation, Reinbek with Hamburg 1968
  • the contact prohibition, Reinbek with Hamburg 1970
  • Mr. Leiselheimer and further attempts to master the reality Munich [among other things] 1973
  • the point victory, Reinbek with Hamburg 1977
  • the burst test, Reinbek with Hamburg 1980
  • offside, Reinbek with Hamburg 1982
  • the Zähmung, Reinbek with Hamburg 1984
  • the Windei, Reinbek with Hamburg 1987
  • peace season, Hanover 1988 (together with Christof duke)
  • danger spheres, Vienna [among other things] 1988
  • flier alarm, Vienna [among other things] 1989
  • wasps in the snow, Berlin 2001 (together with Klaus Roehler)


  • Christine Flitner: Women in the literature criticism, Pfaffenweiler 1995
  • Oskar Roehler: The untouchable one, Cologne 2002
  • Dorothe Cremer: “Your bearing are enormous, their expressions tiny”, Herbolzheim 2003

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