Friday, 7 October 2011

Wilhelm Raabe Prize to Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Congratulations to Sibylle Lewitscharoff, who has won the lovely fat purse of the Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize for her novel Blumenberg. €30,000 from the city of Braunschweig and the Deutschlandfunk radio station. The judges commented:

In her novel Blumenberg, Sibylle Lewitscharoff creates a biographical fantasy of the famous German philosopher of the title, leaving the well trodden paths of realistic narration with wanton provocation. The appearance of a lion, invisible to others, which becomes Blumenberg's mute companion, leads the scholar and thus the reader to the boundaries of a purely rational approach to the world.
With powerful and inventive language and subtle humour, the way of life of a withdrawn thinker is contrasted with the inadequacies and threats of human existence, which are revealed in the lives of his students as they all fail in different ways. Sibylle Lewitscharoff weaves the movements of the intellectual central star and his satellites into a narrative cosmos unique in contemporary German literature, ultimately extending it into the hereafter in a manner as liberating as it is disturbing. 


I have nearly finished translating her previous novel, Apostoloff, in which Blumenberg and his lion put in a guest appearance alongside a good many Bulgarians and Swabians.


Ruth said...

I love the picture of her on the WRP website: with an actual lion, looking sceptical. Made me chuckle.

Willie MacFarlane said...

Hi Katy, me again, (I promise not to comment every day on your blog). Just another curiousity question: after being amazed by hearing Sibylle Lewitscharoff read from Apostoloff in Wolfenbüttel, I finally got round to reading the book (I think partly triggered by news that you'd just finished translating it.)
When your translation coming out & who's the publisher? (Want to recommend it to the family back on The Island.) Or does such information only get released in drips & drabs, to build the suspense?
All the best, Henry

kjd said...

Hi Henry,

It'll be from Seagull but not until next autumn, I'm afraid.