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Six novels in the final round

Six novels in the final round

© Christina Weiß

The finalists have been chosen. The jury has selected six novels for the shortlist of the German Book Prize 2018:

  • María Cecilia Barbetta: Nachtleuchten (S. Fischer, August 2018)
  • Maxim Biller: Sechs Koffer (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, September 2018)
  • Nino Haratischwili: Die Katze und der General (Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, August 2018)
  • Inger-Maria Mahlke: Archipel (Rowohlt, August 2018)
  • Susanne Röckel: Der Vogelgott (Jung und Jung, February 2018)
  • Stephan Thome: Gott der Barbaren (Suhrkamp, September 2018)

"'The past is never dead. It’s not even past’ – This famous line, which Faulkner wrote in 1951, hangs like an unspoken motto over this year’s German-language literature. The six novels deemed by the jury to be the most important and well executed of the year each follow completely different paths into the past or into mythical layers of reality – fabulating, speculating, playful; with laconic elegance and bittersweet precision, with epic slowness and suspenseful momentum. These journeys through space and time do not offer us any answers, let alone any simple truths. Which makes us, as readers, give in with all the greater fascination to the multi-voiced narrative compositions and to the sensuousness of another time, which always evokes ours.", says jury spokesperson Christine Lötscher (independent critic).

Since the submission process began, the seven members of the jury have reviewed 199 titles published between October 2017 and 11 September 2018.

    For more information on the novels including a jury commentary see Shortlist

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    Six novels in the final round

    © Christina Weiß




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