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The German Book Prize 2016

The German Book Prize 2016
 
Launched in 2005, the German Book Prize is the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, seeking the best novel written in German in each publishing year. It is awarded at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.

Most of its winners have already been translated into English: Arno Geiger’s We Are Doing Fine (tr. Maria Poglitsch Bauer; Ariadne Press, 2010), Katharina Hacker’s The Have-Nots (tr. Helen Atkins; Europa Editions, 2008), Julia Franck’s The Blind Side of the Heart (tr. Anthea Bell; Harvill, 2009), The Tower by Uwe Tellkamp (tr. Michael Mitchell; Penguin, 2014), Fly away, Pigeon by Melinda Nadj Abonji (tr. Tess Lewis; Seagull, 2014) and In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge (tr. Anthea Bell; Faber, 2013). The 2014 winner, Lutz Seiler’s Kruso, is forthcoming with Scribe (tr. Tess Lewis). New Books in German is the prize’s English-language media partner.
 
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The 2016 Book Prize jury includes critics, journalists, booksellers and editors.






The 2016 prize was awarded to Bodo Kirchhoff for his novel Widerfahrnis at a ceremony in Frankfurt on 17 October 2016.







The 2016 shortlist:

Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker

Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker
Lupe
Fremde Seele, dunkler Wald
(S. Fischer, August 2016)


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Bodo Kirchhoff

Bodo Kirchhoff
Lupe
Widerfahrnis
(Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, September 2016)


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André Kubiczek

André Kubiczek
Lupe
Skizze eines Sommers
(Rowohlt Berlin, May 2016)


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Thomas Melle

Thomas Melle
Lupe
Die Welt im Rücken
(Rowohlt Berlin, August 2016)


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Eva Schmidt

Eva Schmidt
Lupe
Ein langes Jahr
(Jung und Jung, February 2016)


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Philipp Winkler

Philipp Winkler
Lupe
Hool
(Aufbau, September 2016)


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