Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Jul, Aug, Sep

Emma Braslavsky | Writer

Emma Braslavsky | Image: Stefan Klüter
Emma Braslavsky | Image: Stefan Klüter

Emma Braslavsky is a writer, curator, and director. The meaning and future of humanity are her main topics. She has published multiple award-winning novels, audio art, art works, and exhibitions, such as the story "Ich bin dein Mensch," a spin-off from the award-winning novel Die Nacht war bleich, die Lichter blinkten (2019), which was nominated for the German Science Fiction Award and was made into a film. She published her fifth novel, Erdling, in November 2023. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

During her residency, Emma Braslavsky will be working on her novel Gummi (Rubber), which tells Charles Goodyear's vision of the future from the perspective of his two wives, Clarissa Beecher Goodyear and Fanny Wardell Goodyear, thereby putting them and his family front and center. Through this shift in perspective, she hopes to uncover a new facet of what the future is made of. In the U.S., she is currently planning her research on the two women whose influence on her husband's success has so far gone unnoticed.

Selected Works
2023 | Erdling (novel), Suhrkamp Verlag
2022 | Neuro-Moon: Manage Your Memories (libretto), chamber opera, composer: Sara Glojnarić, director: Miriam Götz, Theater Freiburg (premiered May 7, 2023)
2019 | Die Nacht war bleich, die Lichter blinkten (novel), Suhrkamp Verlag
2018 | Co-author of screenplay drafts for the feature film Ich bin dein Mensch (2021) as part of the “Near Future” project, ARD (for SWR)
Selected Prizes and Awards
2021 | Harald Gerlach Scholarship for Erdling
2020 | Nominated for Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar 2020 (longlist) for Die Nacht war bleich, die Lichter blinkten
2020 | Nominated for German Science Fiction Award 2020 (short story category) for “Ich bin dein Mensch”
2020 | Working Stipend of the Berlin Senate for Erdling