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02/10/2009

German Book Prize 2009 - the shortlist

The German Book Prize is presented to the best German-language novel just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair as an annual award from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Stifung – the Foundation of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. The Prize is intended to draw attention beyond national borders to authors writing in German, to reading and to the keynote medium of the book.

The prize was awarded on 12 October to Katrin Schmidt for her novel "You're Not Going to Die".


The 2009 shortlist:


Rainer Merkel: "Light Years Away" (Lichtjahre Entfernt)

S. Fischer Verlag


About the book
English excerpt



Herta Müller: "Everything I Own I Carry With Me" (Atemschaukel)

Hanser Verlag


About the book
English excerpt



Norbert Scheuer: "The Rushing of the Weir" (Überm Rauschen)

C.H.Beck Verlag


About the book
English excerpt



Katrin Schmidt: You're Not Going to Die (Du Stirbst Nicht)

Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag


About the book
English excerpt



Clemens J. Setz: "Frequencies" (Die Frequenzen)
Residenz Verlag



About the book
English excerpt



Stephan Thome : "Border Walk" (Grenzgang)

Suhrkamp Verlag


About the book
English excerpt



The judges for the German Book Prize 2009 are: Richard Kämmerlings, Michael Lemling, Martin Lüdke, Lothar Müller, Iris Radisch, Daniela Strigl and Hubert Winkels
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