Ceremony October 9th 2017
The nominees for the German Book Prize 2017 have been selected. The jury has chosen 20 novels for the longlist. Since the call for submissions went out, the seven members of the jury have reviewed 200 titles published – or yet to be published – between October 2016 and 12 September 2017.
Jury spokeswoman Katja Gasser (Österreichischer Rundfunk) released the following statement: “Expanding our world is one of literature’s most important capacities. And it is especially important in times when perspectives seem to be narrowing increasingly. The 2017 longlist is an expression of the attempt to reflect the diversity of the current German-language literary landscape. The books on the longlist include different literary answers to life and to the state of the world and humanity: political as well as explicitly apolitical, traditional as well as language-focused and risk-taking narratives, lyrically woven as well as realistically knitted prose. What all the books have in common is that they stung or nipped the jury in one way or another – that is, touched them, in the best sense of the word. Perhaps the books on the 2017 longlist will make our view of the world a bit bigger, broader, again.”
The nominated novels (in alphabetical order) are:
In addition to Katja Gasser, the members of the jury for the German Book Prize 2017 include: Silke Behl (Radio Bremen), Mara Delius (Die Welt), Christian Dunker (autorenbuchhandlung berlin), Maria Gazzetti (Casa di Goethe, Rome), Tobias Lehmkuhl (independent critic, Berlin) und Lothar Schröder (Rheinische Post).