Ceremony October 14th 2019
Saša Stanišić prevailed against Raphaela Edelbauer, Das flüssige Land (Klett-Cotta), Miku Sophie Kühmel, Kintsugi (S. Fischer), Tonio Schachinger, Nicht wie ihr (Kremayr & Scheriau), Norbert Scheuer, Winterbienen (C.H.Beck) and Jackie Thomae, Brüder (Hanser Berlin). 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 203 titles published between October 2018 and 17 September 2019.
A longlist of 20 titles was then compiled from these novels. From this list, the jurors selected six titles for the shortlist. The Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels – the Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association – awarded the German Book Prize 2019 to the best German-language title of the year to coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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