Hellmuth Karasek (born 4 January 1934) is a German journalist, literary critic, novelist and the author of many books on literature and film.
Karasek was born in BrÃ¼nn, Czechoslovakia. In 1944, when he was ten, his family fled from Bielitz (today Poland) to Bernburg. After finishing his schooling in the early 1950s he moved from thereâ"then part of East Germanyâ"to West Germany and became a student at the University of TÃ¼bingen.
After his graduation Karasek started working as a journalist, and in 1968 became the theatre critic of Die Zeit. From 1974 until 1996 he worked for Der Spiegel. In 1999, he was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
In recent years Karasek has frequently appeared on German television, both in quiz shows and, together with Marcel Reich-Ranicki, as one of the permanent members of Das Literarische Quartett.
- Carl Sternheim (1965)
- Max Frisch (1966)
- Deutschland, deine Dichter (1970)
- Brecht, der jÃ¼ngste Fall eines Klassikers (1978)
- Billy Wilder (1992)
- Mein Kino (a personal list of the 100 best movies ever) (1994)
- Go West! (about the 1950s) (1996)
- Hand in Handy (about the mobile phone craze) (1997)
- Das Magazin (novel, 1998)
- Betrug (novel, 2001)
- Karambolagen. Begegnungen mit Zeitgenossen (2002)
- Auf der Flucht (memoir, 2004)
- Hellmuth Karasek at the Internet Movie Database