Klein, Raulff, Blumenbach Win Leipzig Prizes

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

Georg Klein (© by juergen-bauer.com)

Georg Klein (© by juergen-bauer.com)

By Siobhan O’Leary

The 2010 Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair Prize) for fiction, non-fiction and translation were announced last week. Five titles per category were selected for the longlist by seven editors and literary critics. As reported by the Goethe-Institut, (which also supplied the descriptions below) this year’s winners were:

For fiction: Georg Klein, for Roman unserer Kindheit(Rowohlt), the fantastic and at times frightening story of a group of children in a 1960s housing complex in southern Germany.

For non-fiction: Ulrich Raulff, for his Kreis ohne Meister. Stefan Georges Nachleben. Eine abgründige Geschichte (C. H. Beck).

For translation: Ulrich Blumenbach for Unendlicher Spass, his translation of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch).

Literaturport offers a selection of recorded readings from each of the 15 nominated titles.

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.