Ceremony October 9th 2017
Robert Menasse prevailed against Gerhard Falkner (“Romeo oder Julia”, Berlin Verlag), Franzobel (“Das Floß der Medusa”, Paul Zsolnay), Thomas Lehr (“Schlafende Sonne”, Carl Hanser), Marion Poschmann (“Die Kieferninseln”, Suhrkamp) and Sasha Marianna Salzmann (“Außer sich”, Suhrkamp). He will receive 25,000 euros in prize winnings; the five finalists will each receive 2,500 euros. The winner was determined in several selection stages. The seven members of the jury reviewed a total of 200 titles published between October 2016 and 12 September 2017.
A longlist of 20 titles was then compiled from these novels. From this list, the jurors selected six titles for the shortlist. The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Stiftung – the Foundation of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association – awarded the German Book Prize 2017 to the best German-language title of the year to coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Photos © Christina Weiß