Franziska Sperr – Vice President and Writers-in-Exile Officer


Franziska Sperr Foto: Brigitte Corell
  • Born 1949 in Munich
  • Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies at LMU München; graduation with Master of Arts degree
  • Two-year sojourn in Paris
  • 1980-1987: editor of the political and literary magazine “L’80”
  • 1998-2001: press spokesperson for Munich’s culture consultant
  • July 2001: resumes work as freelance author, journalist, and translator
  • Lives at Lake Starnberg
  • Member of German PEN since 2005
  • Publication of numerous portraits and interview-reportages on (mostly French) actors, artists, and authors for newspapers and magazines; translations of several books from English and French, e.g. “Hundert Söhne sollst du haben…” (Original title: “May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India”), Knesebeck Verlag 1991, “Pariser Bistros für jeden Tag” (Original title: “Discovering Paris Bistros: A Personal Guide to Over 60 Affordable Restaurants”), edition spangenberg 1992, numerous short stories in anthologies and magazines, the audio drama “Ich will allen gehören oder keinem. Szenen aus dem Leben der Franziska zu Reventlow”, Deutschlandradio, 1997
  • Numerous editorial jobs for the production company PEG Development und Modern Media; film treatment “Bloody Mary” for PEG Development
  • Many literary critiques for the culture section of Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Publications: “Die kleinste Fessel drückt mich unerträglich. Das Leben der Franziska zu Reventlow”, biographical novel, Goldmann, 1995, btb, 2000, 3rd edition November 2003; “Stumm vor Glück”, stories, Knaus Verlag, Februar 2005; “Das Revier der Amsel”, novel, Fahrenheit Verlag, 2008;
    Most recently: “München. Eine Stadt in Biographien”, Merian Verlag 2012