Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Swiss Book Prize Shortlist Announced

The five titles nominated for the Swiss Book Prize have been announced, and they are:

Sibylle Berg, Vielen Dank für das Leben (Hanser Verlag) - an innocent of unclear gender looks upon East and West Germany

Ursula Fricker, Ausser sich (Rotpunktverlag) - husband in a coma, I know, I know, it's serious

Peter von Matt, Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost (Hanser Verlag) - critical take on Swiss literature and politics

Thomas Meyer, Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse (Salis Verlag) - Jewish boy in Switzerland, apparently very funny

Alain Claude Sulzer, Aus den Fugen (Verlag Galiani Berlin) - admirably composed multi-strand tale of upper-middle class fates thrown out of joint in Berlin. Not my cup of tea.

If I have time before the winner is announced on 11 November I'd like to take a look at Sibylle Berg and Thomas Meyer's books. The lucky individual gets 30,000 Swiss francs - that's about 25,000 euros or 20,000 pounds or 31,000 dollars.

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