Ceremony October 16th 2023
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Tonio Schachinger prevailed against Terézia Mora: Muna oder Die Hälfte des Lebens (Luchterhand Literaturverlag, August 2023), Necati Öziri: Vatermal (claassen, Juli 2023), Anne Rabe: Die Möglichkeit von Glück (Klett-Cotta, März 2023), Sylvie Schenk: Maman (Carl Hanser Verlag, Februar 2023), Ulrike Sterblich: Drifter (Rowohlt Hundert Augen, Juli 2023).
They 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 196 titles published between October 2022 and 19 September 2023.
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 2023 to the best German-language title of the year to coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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