As temperatures rise to almost not quite freezing cold, things are hotting up in the literary year as well. The nominations for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair are just out, and very exciting they are too. Probably the second most important award for German-language literature, it consists of fiction, non-fiction and translation categories.
And the fiction nominees are:
Anna Katharina Hahn, Am schwarzen Berg
Jens Sparschuh, Im Kasten
Sherko Fatah, Ein weißes Land
Thomas von Steinaecker, Das Jahr, in dem ich aufhörte, mir Sorgen zu machen, und anfing zu träumen
Wolfgang Herrndorf, Sand
I just finished reading Sand and will post a review soon. Plus I have the Steinaecker book on my kitchen worktop. And Sherko Fatah I expect is a monster of a book, in a very good way. A very strong list this year.
You can listen to audio extracts at literaturport.