Ceremony October 14th 2019
Inger-Maria Mahlke prevailed against María Cecilia Barbetta Nachtleuchten” (S. Fischer), Maxim Biller, Sechs Koffer (Kiepenheuer & Witsch), Nino Haratischwili, Die Katze und der General (Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt), Susanne Röckel, Der Vogelgott (Jung und Jung) and Stephan Thome, Gott der Barbaren (Suhrkamp). She 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 199 titles published between October 2017 and 11 September 2018.
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 2018 to the best German-language title of the year to coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Photos © Sascha Erdmann