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Martina Wildner  [ Germany ]

Biography

Portrait Wildner
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Guest 2014, 2017.

Bibliography

Liebe Isolde

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2003

Jede Menge Sternschnuppen

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2003

Cora & Fred

Ein Zwilling kommt selten allein

Bloomsbury

Berlin, 2010

Das schaurige Haus

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2011

Königin des Sprungturms

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2013

Finsterer Sommer

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2016

Die unheimliche Krähe am See

Beltz & Gelberg

Weinheim, 2017

Martina Wildner was born in 1968 in Obergünzburg in the Allgäu, Germany. Having abandoned a degree course in Islamic studies in Erlangen, she decided to study communication design with illustration as her major in Nuremberg instead, graduating in 1996. She then began to write and soon met Hans-Joachim Gelberg, founder of the children’s book program Beltz & Gelberg, and, with his encouragement, began to focus more intensely on writing.

Her debut »Liebe Isolde!« (2003; tr. Dear Isolde) was the result of her encounter with Gelberg. In Wildner’s next novel »Jede Menge Sternschnuppen« (2003 tr. Loads of shooting stars), Victor, the 13-year-old protagonist, is intent on jumping from a 10-meter tower in his summer holidays, and falls hopelessly in love for the first time. In »Michelles Fehler« (2006; tr. Michelle’s mistake) and »SIX« (2008), which she also illustrated, she interweaves fantasy with reality. »Das schaurige Haus« (2011; tr. The scary house) also has an otherworldly feel to it. A family from Saxony moves to a seemingly haunted house in a small Allgäu village, where they receive messages from slugs. Wildner succeeds in merging the issue of »otherness« with a generous dollop of horror. Nadja and Karla are at the heart of her next novel »Königin des Sprungturms« (2013; tr. Queen of the diving board). For over six years they have attended the same sports’ school, where they are being trained in high diving. Their lives are dictated by discipline and routine; in order to learn the value of freedom and autonomy, the girls’ seemingly predetermined lives have to unravel first. Set within the milieu of high-performance sport, Wildner uses the fragility of their friendship to fabricate a complex and exciting coming-of-age story. »Finsterer Sommer« (2016; tr. Sinister summer) interweaves a family’s history with Germany’s past. While they are on holiday, two children discover a concrete bunker on the beach, part of the »Atlantic Wall« built by the National Socialists during the Second World War, and uncover dark family secrets as a result. In her most recent novel, a spine-chiller titled »Die unheimliche Krähe am See« (2017; tr. The eerie crow by the lake), which is the follow-up novel to »Das schaurige Haus«, the protagonists are attacked for no apparent reason by a group of crows, who are like harbingers from another universe.

Wildner’s oeuvre comprises more than ten novels for young readers and has been translated into seven languages. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Peter Härtling Prize (2003), and has been nominated twice (in 2012 and 2014) for the German Children´s Literature Award. Wildner and her family have lived in Berlin since 2003.

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