I'm back from Leipzig with the not quite fresh news that yes, my favourite book of the season did in fact win the big prize of the season. David Wagner's Leben is king of the German-language fiction castle, and deservedly so. Read my review here to find out what's so amazing about it.
The non-fiction prize went to Helmut Böttiger for Die Gruppe 47, apparently the first serious look back at the Gruppe 47 literary mafia and how its players shaped the German-language literary bizz. And Eva Hesse won the translation prize for her rendering of Ezra Pounds's Cantos. Congratulations!
I don't have much else to report from the book fair. For some reason I didn't go to any parties at all. It was most odd.