Born in Berlin in 1981, Mirna Funk majored in Philosophy and History at Humboldt University. She composes articles and essays for various publications, has authored two novels, one non-fiction book, and recently completed her first screenplay.
Born in Berlin in 1981, Mirna Funk majored in Philosophy and History at Humboldt University. She is presently studying for her Master’s, and holds a scholarship from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), the scholarship foundation for gifted Jewish students and doctoral candidates.
Funk composes articles and essays for various publications, has authored two novels, one non-fiction book, and recently completed her first screenplay. Her work frequently centers the presence of Jewish culture, and looks at how cultures of remembrance are being reshaped in the present. With a perspective on Jewish life that is contemporary and personal, she educates through talks, panels, curation, workshops and articles.
Her debut novel “Winternähe” was published in 2015 by S. Fischer Verlage. It was awarded the Uwe Johnson Prize for emerging writers, nominated for the Aspekte Literature Prize, and has been translated into Dutch. “Winternähe” details the experiences of Lola, a GDR-born Jewish woman dealing with personal and family history amidst societal anti-Semitism. Her second novel titled “Zwischen Du und Ich” explores violence and the transgenerational transmission of trauma.
Funk is a current contributor to Emotion, Myself, Cosmopolitan, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Jüdische Allgemeine, and Monopol, and is also hosting a podcast about Jewish life in Germany for the association 1700 Jahre.
“We ought to take seriously what Mirna Funk has to say about Germany. And feel repeatedly challenged by her successful literary treatment of a concept of history that proclaims the present as a permanent intervention of what lies behind us, particularly with regard to German-Jewish-Israeli relations.”