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24.08.2021

20 titles nominated

20 titles nominated

Twenty novels are in the running for the German Book Prize 2021. Since the call for submissions went out, the jury has reviewed 230 titles published – or yet to be published – between October 2020 and 21 September 2021, when the shortlist will be announced.

Jury spokesperson Knut Cordsen (culture editor, Bayerischer Rundfunk) released the following statement: “This year, the jury had more titles to choose from than ever before in the history of the German Book Prize. A quarter of the novels were fiction debuts, a broad bouquet of new literary voices. The jury is pleased that our selection for the longlist recognises narrative experimentation alongside realistic novels, the comic and the surreal. These 20 books take into account origins and history as well as questions that are of central importance in the present.”

The nominated novels (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Henning Ahrens: Mitgift (Klett-Cotta, August 2021)
  • Shida Bazyar: Drei Kameradinnen (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, April 2021)
  • Dietmar Dath: Gentzen oder: Betrunken aufräumen (Matthes & Seitz Berlin, August 2021)
  • Franzobel: Die Eroberung Amerikas (Paul Zsolnay, January 2021)
  • Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt: Der versperrte Weg (Wallstein, June 2021)
  • Dana Grigorcea: Die nicht sterben (Penguin, March 2021)
  • Norbert Gstrein: Der zweite Jakob (Carl Hanser, February 2021)
  • Dilek Güngör: Vater und ich (Verbrecher, July 2021)
  • Monika Helfer: Vati (Carl Hanser, January 2021)
  • Felicitas Hoppe: Die Nibelungen (S. Fischer, September 2021)
  • Peter Karoshi: Zu den Elefanten (Leykam, May 2021)
  • Christian Kracht: Eurotrash (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, March 2021)
  • Thomas Kunst: Zandschower Klinken (Suhrkamp, February 2021)
  • Gert Loschütz: Besichtigung eines Unglücks (Schöffling & Co., July 2021)
  • Yulia Marfutova: Der Himmel vor hundert Jahren (Rowohlt, March 2021)
  • Sasha Marianna Salzmann: Im Menschen muss alles herrlich sein (Suhrkamp, September 2021)
  • Mithu Sanyal: Identitti (Carl Hanser, February 2021)
  • Ferdinand Schmalz: Mein Lieblingstier heißt Winter (S. Fischer, July 2021)
  • Antje Rávik Strubel: Blaue Frau (S. Fischer, August 2021)
  • Heinz Strunk: Es ist immer so schön mit dir (Rowohlt, July 2021)

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