Tanja Langer, born 1962 in Wiesbaden, lives in Berlin since 1986.

She first studied philosophy, comparative literature and political sciences in Paris, Munich and Berlin, but already during her time at the university she started photography and theatre.

Her first novel „Cap Esterel“ (1999, on the difficulties of love and the blind spots in personal memory) was a great success promoted by a Spiegel-article on young German women writers calling it "Frolleinwunder".

She wrote „Little Story of The Woman who could not be Faithful“ (dtv 2006), a broad novel in different voices about love, marriage, family and the meaning of arts and music for our lifes: the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch occurs as a living person, also many musicians. In this novel Langer shows her talent as a comedian but also as serious and lyrical writer.

Published in April 2006 at dtv-premium.

Her second novel, „The Morphinist or The Barbarian is me“ (2002) was about Hitler´s early friend and pre-thinker of racist ideology and propaganda, Dietrich Eckart who died in 1923. Langer´s complex formalistic approach but also her courageous insight into this person aroused vehement critics, also that her perspective was that of a young mother of little children of today who asked for the damages that Hitler´s Germany produced for the following generations.

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She had a very intensive friendship with famous Deutsche Bank chief manager Alfred Herrhausen (killed in 1989 by the R.A.F.) to whom she not only wrote hundreds of letters but who also recommended her to write.

Langer started stage directing and writing for theatre (11  plays directed); her first written (and self-directed) play about the jewish poet Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, killed in a nazi concentration camp as an eighteen year old girl "I am the Night", was invited as important play (1992); her childrens´play about witches (1993) was noted as one of the ten best plays in the German speaking countries in that year.

After getting married and having three children (1993/twins 1996), Langer wrote articles about books and people for Tagesspiegel, DIE WELT and Financial Times Germany. (Reviews / Papers)

She wrote a radio play about her mother´s experience as a refugee and the consequences  for the next generation long before Günther Grass discovered the subject (produced in 1999): "Vanishing Points"

Beside many short stories published in anthologies, another radio and theater play (about the german poet Heinrich von Kleist) and poems, Tanja Langer was then asked to write the libretto for the opera „Kleist“ by composer Rainer Rubbert (2007). She already gave words for composer Agnes Ponizil´s short opera on Europe (2004).

Read one of her "ballads"  the ballad of limping johnny.

Read "Leben lieben" (Loving Life)




In "Frankfurter Anthologie 26" she released an interpretation on
Hofmannsthal's "Vorfrühling"

Langer is seen as a writer of great variety, mastering different tonalities, a radical but joyful feminine perspective, historical reflection, human behaviour, humour and imagination.

Her next book will concern passion and dependency between three students in their twenties, playing in the eighties in Berlin, shortly before the Wall fell (dtv 2008).  





The photo on the top left was shot by Cordia Schlegelmilch.

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