Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Georg Büchner Prize to Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Various publications have reported that this year's Georg Büchner Prize, the most prestigious award for German writers' body of work, will be awarded to Sibylle Lewitscharoff.

She was born in Stuttgart in 1954, to a German mother and a Bulgarian father, and worked as an accountant for an advertising firm before dedicating herself to writing full time. According to Der Spiegel, she also invented a grammar boardgame. She has published seven novels, most recently Blumenberg about the philosopher Hans Blumenberg and the lion in his study. Apostoloff won the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair and will be out in my translation from Seagull Books this summer. I am rather excited by proxy.

The jury stated:
In her novels, Sibylle Lewitscharoff has applied inexhaustible observational energy, narrative imagination and linguistic invention to explore anew and question the boundaries of what we consider our everyday reality.

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