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2020

Prize winner

The jury has decided: The winner of the German Book Prize 2020

Annette, ein Heldinnenepos

Prize winner 2020

Annette, ein Heldinnenepos

What a life! Born in Brittany in 1923, raised in modest circumstances, a member of the communist resistance as a teenager, rescuer of two Jewish youths, a neurophysiologist in Marseille after the war, sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1959 for her involvement in the Algerian independence movement … and still, to this day, a living example of the importance of disobedience. The improbable life of Anne Beaumanoir in a brilliant biographical epic of a heroine.

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Justification of the jury

“The power of Anne Weber’s story is equal to the power of her heroine: It is breathtaking how fresh the old form of the epic sounds here and with what lightness Weber condenses the life story of French resistance fighter Anne Beaumanoir into a novel about courage, resistance and the struggle for freedom. ‘Annette, ein Heldinnenepos’ (‘Annette, an Epic of a Heroine’) is a story full of hardships, which Weber tells with effortless discretion and subtle irony. This novel is about nothing less than Franco-German history as one of the foundations of our Europe today. We are grateful that Anne Weber has discovered Annette for us and tells her story.”

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2020

Shortlist

The novels nominated for the German Book Prize 2020

Serpentinen
Aus der Zuckerfabrik
Herzfaden
Streulicht
Annette, ein Heldinnenepos
Die Dame mit der bemalten Hand

2020

Longlist

The novels nominated for the German Book Prize 2020

Die Infantin trägt den Scheitel links
Ich an meiner Seite
Serpentinen
Goldene Jahre
Malé
Aus der Zuckerfabrik
Herzklappen von Johnson & Johnson
Herzfaden
Der Halbbart
Streulicht
Allegro Pastell
Triceratops
Der letzte Satz
Bis wieder einer weint
Annette, ein Heldinnenepos
1000 Serpentinen Angst
Inniger Schiffbruch
Die Unschärfe der Welt
Mission Pflaumenbaum
Die Dame mit der bemalten Hand