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Lukas Hartmann
Hartmann in 1985
Hartmann in 1985
Born Hans-Rudolf Lehmann
29 August 1944 (1944-08-29) (age 76)
Bern, Switzerland
Occupation Novelist, author, children's writer
Genre Novels and Children's literature
Notable awards Lukas Hartmann#Awards
Years active since 1976
Spouse Simonetta Sommaruga

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 and 2020.

Life and work

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. 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. In April 2018, Ein Bild von Lydia was published, a historical novel about Lydia Welti-Escher.

Awards (excerpt)

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

Novels

  • 1978: Pestalozzis Berg. Zytglogge, Gümligen, .
  • 1980: Gebrochenes Eis: Aufzeichnungen. Arche, Zürich, .
  • 1982: Mahabalipuram oder Als Schweizer in Indien. Ein Reisetagebuch. Arche, Zürich, .
  • 2003: Die Tochter des Jägers. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich, .
  • 2013: Abschied von Sansibar. Diogenes, Zürich, .
  • 2015: Auf beiden Seiten. Diogenes, Zürich, .
  • 2016: Ein passender Mieter, Diogenes, Zürich,
  • 2018: Ein Bild von Lydia, Diogenes, Zürich,
  • 2021: Schattentanz: Die Wege des Louis Soutter, Diogenes, Zürich,

Children's literature

  • 1984: Anna annA. Zytglogge, Gümligen, .
  • 1987: Joachim zeichnet sich weg. Ein Roman für Kinder. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich, .
  • 1990: Die wilde Sophie. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich, .
  • 1994: So eine lange Nase. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich, .
  • 2006: Heul nicht, kleiner Seehund! Kinderroman. Illustrations by Julia Friese. Bajazzo, Zürich, .
  • 2007: Spuren in der Polenta. Essgeschichten und Rezepte für Kinder. Illustrations by Larissa Bertonasco. Bajazzo, Zürich, .

Plays

  • 1976: Beruhigungsmittel.
  • 1977: Familiefescht.

Radio

  • 1976: Em Pfarrer sy Scheidig for Schweizer Radio DRS.
  • 1984: Auf dem Scherbenberg for DRS.

Literature


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