Internationaler Literaturpreis 2020

Prize for Contemporary Literature in Translation
Announcement of the winners on Deutschlandfunk Kultur on June 4

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

What forms does contemporary storytelling take on? The Internationaler Literaturpreis addresses this question for the twelfth time – at a moment when the response to global complexities is often to retreat into national egoisms and narratives of exclusion. The coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced these tendencies. Literature and art have also become venues for political and social conflicts. It seems all the more important to focus on the mediating power of contemporary international literature and its translation.

The coronavirus has brought public life to a standstill, bringing about a new worldwide state of affairs. With the aim to respond sensibly and reasonably to this situation, HKW, Stiftung Elementarteilchen and the jury decided to award the Internationaler Literaturpreis 2020 not to one single book, but to all six shortlisted titles. Instead of two winners, there will be twelve: the six authors and six translators on the shortlist. Amidst this situation of economic insecurity for the creative sector and beyond, the award seeks to honor not one single position, but the work and voices of many.

The prize money will be divided equally among the six authors and six translators. On June 4 at 10.05am, this year’s winners will be announced live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur as part of the program Lesart.

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