The 20 Title Longlist for the 2010 German Book Award Longlist

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

The 20-title longlist for the 2010 German Book Prize has been nominated and announced by a seven-member jury of publishing and media professionals. Speaking on behalf of her fellow jury members, Julia Encke, literary critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, said, “We are pleased to present a longlist that covers a broad spectrum: a diversity of forms and worlds, taking readers to the German provinces, but also to Russia, Israel, the former Yugoslavia, to Paris and Prague.”

The shortlist, which will be released on September 8th, will consist of six titles, and the winner will be announced on October 4th in the immediate run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair. The prizewinner will receive 25,000 euros and the five finalists, 2,500 euros each.

Over the past five months, jurors have pored over 148 titles published or set to be published between October 2009 and September 2010.

Here is the list of the twenty nominated novels:

  • Alina Bronsky, Die schärfsten Gerichte der tatarischen Küche (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2010)
  • Jan Faktor, Georgs Sorgen um die Vergangenheit oder im Reich des heiligen Hodensack-Bimbams von Prag (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, März 2010)
  • Nino Haratischwili, Juja (Verbrecher Verlag, März 2010)
  • Thomas Hettche, Die Liebe der Väter (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2010)
  • Michael Kleeberg, Das amerikanische Hospital (DVA, August 2010)
  • Michael Köhlmeier, Madalyn (Carl Hanser Verlag, August 2010)
  • Thomas Lehr, September. Fata Morgana (Carl Hanser Verlag, August 2010)
  • Mariana Leky, Die Herrenausstatterin (DuMont Buchverlag, Februar 2010)
  • Nicol Ljubić, Meeresstille (Hoffmann und Campe, Februar 2010)
  • Kristof Magnusson, Das war ich nicht (Verlag Antje Kunstmann, Januar 2010)
  • Andreas Maier, Das Zimmer (Suhrkamp Verlag, September 2010)
  • Olga Martynova, Sogar Papageien überleben uns (Droschl Literaturverlag, Januar 2010)
  • Martin Mosebach, Was davor geschah (Carl Hanser Verlag, August 2010)
  • Melinda Nadj Abonji, Tauben fliegen auf (Jung und Jung Verlag, August 2010)
  • Doron Rabinovici, Andernorts (Suhrkamp Verlag, August 2010)
  • Hans Joachim Schädlich, Kokoschkins Reise (Rowohlt Verlag, März 2010)
  • Andreas Schäfer, Wir vier (DuMont Buchverlag, Februar 2010)
  • Peter Wawerzinek, Rabenliebe (Galiani Berlin, August 2010)
  • Judith Zander, Dinge, die wir heute sagten (Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag, September 2010)
  • Joachim Zelter, Der Ministerpräsident (Klöpfer & Meyer Verlag, August 2010)

Seven of the authors have previously been published in English (Bronsky, Hettche, Kleeberg, Maier, Mosebach, Rabinovici and Schaedlich) .

Free reading samples of all the nominees are available at http://deutscherbuchpreis.libreka.de.

About the Author

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.