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20.09.2022

Six novels chosen as finalists

Six novels chosen as finalists

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The jury has selected the following six novels for the shortlist of the German Book Prize 2022:

  • Fatma Aydemir: Dschinns (Carl Hanser, February 2022)
  • Kristine Bilkau: Nebenan (Luchterhand, March 2022)
  • Daniela Dröscher: Lügen über meine Mutter (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2022)
  • Jan Faktor: Trottel (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, September 2022)
  • Kim de l’Horizon: Blutbuch (DuMont, July 2022)
  • Eckhart Nickel: Spitzweg (Piper, April 2022)

Regarding this selection, jury spokesperson Miriam Zeh, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, says: “A novel makes its own laws but is inevitably in contact with the present in which it is written and read. All six titles on the 2022 shortlist won us over with their aesthetic uniqueness. With linguistic brilliance and formal innovation, they describe social realities and fantasies, survey the centre and margins, and circle around sorrow and comedy. The nominated authors thus represent the thematic and stylistic diversity of contemporary German-language literature. What they share is an artistic unconditionality: they take a stand with their books, show themselves to be at once combative and open to dialogue. By reading these shortlisted books, we invite readers to also enter into an exchange of ideas and to readjust their own views of the world.”

Since the submission process began, the seven members of the jury have reviewed 233 titles published between October 2021 and 20 September 2022.

The award ceremony will be broadcast live from the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurt Römer on 17 October 2022 to coincide with the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Those interested can watch the award ceremony via live stream at www.deutscher-buchpreis.de

Further information on the titles including jury comments and audio samples can be found on the nominees page, image and information material under downloads.

Six novels chosen as finalists

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