German Book Prize 2005: jury nominates 20 novels for the longlist

German Book Prize 2005: jury nominates 20 novels for the longlist

The jury for the German Book Prize 2005 has made its initial selection. “It involved a great effort on our part to read all the significant German-language novels of the year and to choose the 20 most interesting or important titles. But in terms of German-language literature, no task can be more important, since it is high time to show what the good novels are like and that they are also written in German”, says jury spokesman Bodo Kirchoff. In preparing for the longlist, altogether 150 titles either published or still to be published between 1 October 2004 and 19 September 2005 have been gone through during the past four months.

Out of this selection, the jurors will now have to choose six titles for the shortlist which will be announced on 19 September 2005. It is not until the evening of the prize presentation that the six authors find out which of them has been chosen for the German Book Prize. The winner receives prize money worth 25,000 euros; the five other finalists are awarded 2,500 euros each. The German Book Prize 2005 is the first award of its kind to be presented to the best German-language novel of the year by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – German Publishers & Booksellers Association. Partners are Dr. Florian and Gabriele Langenscheidt, SPIEGEL-Verlag, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the City of Frankfurt am Main. The prize presentation will be held in the Kaisersaal at Frankfurt’s Römer on 17 October 2005, marking the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The nominated novels (in alphabetical order):

Bernd Cailloux, Das Geschäftsjahr 1968/69 (edition suhrkamp, June 2005) 

Ulrike Draesner, Spiele (Luchterhand, August 2005)

Franzobel, Das Fest der Steine (Paul Zsolnay Verlag, August 2005)

Arno Geiger, Es geht uns gut (Hanser, August 2005)

Wilhelm Genazino, Die Liebesblödigkeit (Hanser, February 2005)

Egon Gramer, Gezeichnet: Franz Klett (Piper, September 2005)

Evelyn Grill, Vanitas oder Hofstätters Begierden (Residenz Verlag, January 2005)

Peter Henisch, Die schwangere Madonna (Residenz Verlag, July 2005)

Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt (Rowohlt, September 2005)

Thomas Lehr, 42 (Aufbau-Verlag, August 2005)

Gert Loschütz, Dunkle Gesellschaft (Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt August 2005)

Gila Lustiger, So sind wir (Berlin Verlag, February 2005)

Friederike Mayröcker, Und ich schüttelte einen Liebling (Suhrkamp, August 2005)

Jochen Missfeldt, Steilküste (Rowohlt, March 2005)

Hanns-Josef Ortheil, Die geheimen Stunden der Nacht (Luchterhand, September 2005)

Jens Petersen, Die Haushälterin (Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, February 2005)

Matthias Politycki, Herr der Hörner (Hoffmann und Campe, September 2005)

Marion Poschmann, Schwarzweissroman (Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, September 2005)

Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Menschenflug (Suhrkamp, July 2005)

Raul Zelik, Berliner Verhältnisse (blumenbar, August 2005)

“These are novels telling of life, of the loss of love and the passing of time, and they are extraordinary books, taking considerable literary risk; they are novels of observation as rarely found elsewhere, and they are narrative flights of fancy and poetic visions inspiring divergent responses, divergent indeed even within the individual himself”, is how Bodo Kirchhoff describes the nominated titles. Other members of the jury for the German Book Prize 2005 are: Verena Auffermann (critic), Klaus Bittner (Buchhandlung Klaus Bittner), Dr. Volker Hage (DER SPIEGEL), Dr. Wolfgang Herles (Aspekte, ZDF), Armin Thurnher (Der Falter, Vienna) and Juli Zeh (author).

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