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Six books selected as finalists

Six books selected as finalists


The jury has selected the following six novels for the shortlist of the German Book Prize 2021:

  • Norbert Gstrein: Der zweite Jakob (Carl Hanser, February 2021)
  • Monika Helfer: Vati (Carl Hanser, January 2021)
  • Christian Kracht: Eurotrash (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, March 2021)
  • Thomas Kunst: Zandschower Klinken (Suhrkamp, February 2021)
  • Mithu Sanyal: Identitti (Carl Hanser, February 2021)
  • Antje Rávik Strubel: Blaue Frau (S. Fischer, August 2021)

Regarding this selection, jury spokesperson Knut Cordsen, culture editor at Bayerischer Rundfunk, says: “These six finalists showcase the stylistic, formal and thematic richness of contemporary German-language literature and attest to an immense delight and expertise in storytelling. In addition, all the nominated titles reflect on their own writing, plumbing its possibilities and limits. They are artistically outstanding novels that, despite the many differences in their topoi and writing styles, have one thing in common: each is excellent in its own way and each won the jury over in its own right.”

Since the submission process began, the seven members of the jury have reviewed 230 titles published between October 2020 and 21 September 2021. The award ceremony will be broadcast live from the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurt Römer on 18 October 2021 to coincide with the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Those interested can watch the award ceremony via live stream at

Further information on the titles, including jury comments and audio samples, can be found under Shortlist.

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Six books selected as finalists





Six novels chosen as finalists


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