20 Titles on 2011 German Book Prize Longlist Announced

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

German Book Prize 2011

By Hannah Johnson

The seven-member jury for the German Book Prize has announced the 2011 longlist of 20 titles. Jury spokesperson Maike Albath, journalist for Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur, said, “The nearly 200 submissions for the German Book Prize 2011 show once again how broad the panorama of contemporary German literature is.”

Free reading samples (in German) of all 20 titles on the longlist are available at deutscherbuchpreis.libreka.de/.

The shortlist of six titles will be announced on September 14. The final winner will be announced on October 10 at an awards ceremony during the Frankfurt Book Fair. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, and the finalists will each receive 2,500 euros.

Author Melinda Nadj Abonji won the 2010 German Book Prize for her novel Tauben fliegen auf (Falcons without Falconers), published by Jung und Jung Verlag, about a Hungarian family living in Serbia just before the outbreak of the Yugoslavian war. Foreign rights to the book have already been sold to France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain, and Israel.

The German Book Prize is an annual award handed out by the Foundation of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association with the goal of bringing German literature to a global audience.

2011 German Book Prize Longlist

  • Volker Harry Altwasser, Letzte Fischer (Matthes und Seitz Berlin, September 2011)
  • Jan Brandt, Gegen die Welt (DuMont, August 2011)
  • Michael Buselmeier, Wunsiedel (Das Wunderhorn, March 2011)
  • Alex Capus, Léon und Louise (Hanser, February 2011)
  • Wilhelm Genazino, Wenn wir Tiere wären (Hanser, July 2011)
  • Navid Kermani, Dein Name (Hanser, August 2011)
  • Esther Kinsky, Banatsko (Matthes und Seitz Berlin, January 2011)
  • Angelika Klüssendorf, Das Mädchen (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2011)
  • Doris Knecht, Gruber geht (Rowohlt.Berlin, March 2011)
  • Peter Kurzeck, Vorabend (Stroemfeld, March 2011)
  • Ludwig Laher, Verfahren (Haymon, February 2011)
  • Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Blumenberg (Suhrkamp, September 2011)
  • Thomas Melle, Sickster (Rowohlt.Berlin, September 2011)
  • Klaus Modick, Sunset (Eichborn, February 2011)
  • Astrid Rosenfeld, Adams Erbe (Diogenes, February 2011)
  • Eugen Ruge, In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (Rowohlt, September 2011)
  • Judith Schalansky, Der Hals der Giraffe (Suhrkamp, September 2011)
  • Jens Steiner, Hasenleben (Dörlemann, February 2011)
  • Marlene Streeruwitz, Die Schmerzmacherin (S. Fischer, September 2011)
  • Antje Rávic Strubel, Sturz der Tage in die Nacht (S. Fischer, August 2011)
About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.