Rarely have the elections been so difficult, according to Manfred Papst, spokesman for this year's jury, according to a Tuesday communiqué. "We had to fight with an embarras de richesse." 85 titles from the most diverse generations, genres and publishers were examined.
The selection fell to "The Overcoming of Gravity" by Heinz Helle, a story of two half-brothers, which according to the jury "impresses with his urgency and language skills". Gianna Molinari, already on the long list of the German Book Award 2018 with her debut album "Here & # 39; s Everything Possible", has also been nominated.
In addition, Peter Stamm hopes with "The Gentle Indifference of the World", Vincenzo Todisco with "The Lizard Child" and Julia von Lucadou with their oppressive dystopia "The skyscraper jumper" on the Swiss Book Prize.
The public award ceremony will take place on 11 November as part of the BuchBasel Literature Festival at the Basel Theater. The winner receives 30,000 francs, the four other nominees each 3,000 francs. (SDA)
Posted on 18.09.2018 | Updated 13 minutes ago