2017

Prize winner

The jury has decided: The winner of the German Book Prize 2017

Die Hauptstadt

Prize winner 2017

Die Hauptstadt

Public official Fenia Xenopoulou is tasked with brushing up the image of the European Commission. She hires the consultant Martin Susman to come up with an idea – an idea that ends up rousing a spectre from the past, rocking the boat of the EU institutions. Commissioner Brunfaut is forced to let a murder case rest for political reasons. Alois Erhart, Professor Emeritus of Economics, is expected to pronounce words on the future of Europe that may be his last. And what is Brussels up to? Looking for a name – for the pig that’s on the loose in the streets. 

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Justification of the jury

The humane is always worth striving for; it is never reliably given: With his novel “Die Hauptstadt” (“The Capital”), Robert Menasse vividly shows that this also applies to the European Union. With great dramaturgical skill, he light-handedly digs into the deepest layers of this world we call our own – making unmistakably clear that, among other things, the economy alone will not be able to guarantee us a peaceful future. Those who are undermining the peace project that is Europe are among us – not infrequently, “the others” are we ourselves. With “Die Hauptstadt”, Robert Menasse has achieved the goal he set for himself: In the novel, contemporaneity is realised with such literary ability that contemporaries will recognise themselves in it and those born later will be better able to understand these times.

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2017

Shortlist

The novels nominated for the German Book Prize 2017

Romeo oder Julia (Romeo or Juliet)
Das Floß der Medusa (The Raft of the Medusa)
Schlafende Sonne (Sleeping Sun)
Die Hauptstadt (The Capital)
Die Kieferninseln (The Pine Islands)
Außer sich (Beside Yourself)

2017

Longlist

The novels nominated for the German Book Prize 2017

Lichter als der Tag
Romeo oder Julia
Das Floß der Medusa
Schau mich an, wenn ich mit dir rede!
Das Jahr der Frauen
Schlafende Sonne
Kraft
Die Hauptstadt
Flugschnee
Schreckliche Gewalten
Die Kieferninseln
Nach Onkalo
Phantome
Wiener Straße
Außer sich
Peter Holtz
Das Singen der Sirenen
Walter Nowak bleibt liegen
Katie
Evangelio