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Lukas Hartmann
Hartmann in 1985
Hartmann in 1985
BornHans-Rudolf Lehmann
(1944-08-29)29 August 1944
Bern, Switzerland
OccupationNovelist, author, children's writer
GenreNovels and Children's literature
Notable awardsLukas Hartmann#Awards
Years activesince 1976
SpouseSimonetta Sommaruga
Website
lukashartmann.ch

Lukas Hartmann (29 August 1944 born as Hans-Rudolf Lehmann) is a Swiss novelist and children's writer, who is well known in German-speaking countries. Married to the 2015 Swiss president Simonetta Sommaruga, he was Switzerland's "first husband" in 2015.

Life and work[edit]

Born as Hans-Rudolf Lehmann in Bern, his mother was a farmer's daughter and his father was shoemaker, later auxiliary postman and department manager at the Swiss Post. His mother had a creative streak, which passed to both sons. Hartmann's younger brother Jürg became a journalist, and now heads the Ringier Group school of journalism. Lukas Hartmann wrote his first stories at the age of 13. He completed a teacher training course in Bern with majors in German, history and music, and worked first as a teacher. He then decided to pursue further studies in psychology, but he did not graduate, and later worked as social worker, journalist and writer.[1] His novels Anna - annA and Pestalozzis Berg have been filmed.

Hartmann's grandmother was one of the so-called Verdingkinder, hence Hartmann is one of the most prominent supporters of the so-called Wiedergutmachungsinitiative.[2] In April 2018, Ein Bild von Lydia was published, a historical novel about Lydia Welti-Escher.[3]

Awards (excerpt)[edit]

  • 1995: Schweizer Jugendbuchpreis for So eine lange Nase.
  • 2010: Grosser Literaturpreis von Stadt und Kanton Bern

Bibliography (highlights)[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • 1978: Pestalozzis Berg. Zytglogge, Gümligen, ISBN 978-3-257-24023-8.
  • 1980: Gebrochenes Eis: Aufzeichnungen. Arche, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-492-00697-2.
  • 1982: Mahabalipuram oder Als Schweizer in Indien. Ein Reisetagebuch. Arche, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-716-01764-7.
  • 2003: Die Tochter des Jägers. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich, ISBN 3-312-00292-3.
  • 2013: Abschied von Sansibar. Diogenes, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-257-06867-2.
  • 2015: Auf beiden Seiten. Diogenes, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-257-06921-1.
  • 2016: Ein passender Mieter, Diogenes, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-257-06967-9
  • 2018: Ein Bild von Lydia, Diogenes, Zürich, ISBN 978-3-257-07012-5

Children's literature[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • 1976: Beruhigungsmittel.
  • 1977: Familiefescht.

Radio[edit]

Literature[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lukas Hartmann" (in German). Eintrag "Hartmann, Lukas" in Munzinger Online/Personen - Internationales Biographisches Archiv, Munzinger-Archiv GmbH, Ravensburg. 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  2. ^ Otto Hostettler, Interview with Lukas Hartmann (2015-03-30). "Sie zeigten dem Vormund einfach das schönste Zimmer des Hofs" (PDF) (in German). Beobachter. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  3. ^ "Lukas Hartmann Bücher" (in German). Ex Libris (bookshop). Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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