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, 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, and recently completed her first screenplay. Her work frequently centres 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 and workshops, and writes a monthly column, “Jewish Today”, for Vogue Germany.
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. While “Winternähe” details the experiences of Lola, a GDR-born Jewish woman dealing with personal and family history amidst societal anti-Semitism, Funk’s first children’s book, “Where is Daddy?”, tells the stories of 12 diverse family constellations.
Funk is a current contributor to Emotion, Myself, Cosmopolitan, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jüdische Allgemeine, and Monopol, and is also planning a podcast about Jewish life in Germany for the association 1700 Jahre. Her new novel is forthcoming from dtv in Spring 2021. Titled “Zwischen Du und Ich”, it explores violence and the transgenerational transmission of trauma.
“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.”