Tuesday, 18 January 2011

German Crime Fiction Prize to Bernhard Jaumann

They announced yesterday that this year's Deutscher Krimi-Preis has gone to Namibia-based Bernhard Jaumann for his novel Die Stunde des Schakals (The Hour of the Jackal).

Namibia is a former German colony, where the colonists committed genocide against the local Herero and Nama people in 1904-1907.

The book is set in modern-day Namibia though, and features a "loveable" female detective in a thriller-type setting revisiting the last years of Apartheid. Sounds interesting, huh?

The prize is pretty cool too - there's no award ceremony and the winner gets not one cent.

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