Franz Hohler

Franz Hohler was born on 1 March 1943 in Biel/Bienne. He lives as an author and cabaret performer in Zürich-Oerlikon.[1]

Franz Hohler
Franz Hohler in 1988.
Born (1943-03-01) 1 March 1943
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
OccupationAuthor, playwright, cabaret performer
LanguageGerman, Swiss German
Alma materUniversity of Zurich
Notable workss Totemügerli
Notable awardsAlemannischer Literaturpreis (1987)
Kassel Literary Prize (2002)
Solothurner Literaturpreis (2013)
Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis (2014)
SpouseUrsula Nagel


He is the author of one-man programs[2] and satirical programs for television and radio. He has written theater pieces, children's books, stories and novels. In 2002 he received the Kassel Literary Prize for Grotesque Humor,[3] in 2005 the Art Prize of Zurich,[4] in 2014 the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis.[5]

One of his most famous works is the "Totemügerli". It's a Swiss-German story based upon a fabulous creature, written to make fun of the particular dialect spoken in the Canton of Bern by using words sounding like the Bernese dialect but which aren't real words. His collection of witty short stories Der Stein (2011) features border-crossing between the realistic and the fantastic. It is humorous and thought-provoking.[6]


Books (selected works)

  • Wo? Luchterhand, Darmstadt und Neuwied 1975, ISBN 3-472-86413-3.
  • Hin- und Hergeschichten. In co-operation with Jürg Schubiger. Nagel & Kimche, Zürich 1986, ISBN 3-312-00118-8.
  • Das verspeiste Buch. Eine Fortsetzungsgeschichte (mit Bildern von Hans Traxler). Schöffling, Frankfurt 1996, ISBN 3-89561-051-8.
  • Es klopft. Luchterhand, München 2007, ISBN 978-3-630-87266-7.
  • Immer höher. AS Verlag 2014, ISBN 978-3-906055-19-0.
  • Der Autostopper. Die kurzen Erzählungen. Luchterhand, München 2014, ISBN 978-3-630-87456-2.
  • Ein Feuer im Garten. Luchterhand, München 2015, ISBN 978-3-630-87452-4.


  • Martin Hauzenberger: Franz Hohler. Römerhof Verlag 2015, 978-3-905894-33-2.


  1. "Franz Hohlers erste Biographie" (in German). 10vor10. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. "Swiss Consulate Sponsors 1-man Show At Converse". Spartanburg Herald. 3 March 1972. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. "Preisträger Kasseler Literaturpreis" (in German). Stiftung Brückner-Kühner. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  4. Luchterhand: Franz Hohler
  5. Baden-Württemberg: Franz Hohler receives Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis 2014
  6. "Franz Hohler Der Stein (The Stone)". New Books in German. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
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