German Book Prize Finalists Whittled to Six, Winner Announced at Frankfurt

In German Buch News by Brittany Hazelwood

By Brittany Hazelwood

German Book Prize 2011

The shortlist of the German Book Prize 2011 was announced today, narrowing down the competition to six finalists. “The decision was not an easy one for us and we struggled hard for a day to come to our final conclusion,” said jury spokeswoman Maike Albath, journalist for the Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Over the last five months, the seven-member jury of the German Book Prize culled a list of nearly 200 titles published between October 2010 and September 14th, 2011. The longlist of 20 titles was announced back in August along with free downloadable German excepts. Free English translations of the shortlisted novels will be presented on by the end of September.

The prize will be awarded on October 10th at the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair with the winner taking home €25,000 and each of the five finalists receiving €2,500.

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. Additional information on the German Book Prize 2011 and award recipient appearances at the Frankfurt Book Fair can be found at

2011 German Book Prize Shortlist is as follows:

  • Jan Brandt, Gegen die Welt (DuMont, August 2011)
  • Michael Buselmeier, Wunsiedel (Das Wunderhorn, March 2011)
  • Angelika Klüssendorf, Das Mädchen (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2011)
  • Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Blumenberg (Suhrkamp, September 2011)
  • Eugen Ruge, In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (Rowohlt, September 2011)
  • Marlene Streeruwitz, Die Schmerzmacherin (S. Fischer, September 2011)
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