Internationaler Literaturpreis 2021

Prize for Contemporary Literature in Translation
Award Ceremony June 30, 2021

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© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

Wuhan, New York, Cancún and Copenhagen, the banlieues of Paris, Tehran, the Nevada desert and Siberia are settings for the books chosen by the jury for this year’s shortlist. “It consists of six books that mine everyday life for our deepest fears, that boldly refuse to forget, that probe our technology- and capitalism-steeped relationships, and that seek to combine identities that seem irreconcilable.” – The Jury

Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen are awarding the Internationaler Literaturpreis for the thirteenth time. Endowed with €35,000 – 20,000 for the author, 15,000 for the translator – it honors an outstanding work of contemporary international literature in its first German translation. The award thus acknowledges both the original work and the translation, a dual focus that is unique in the German awards landscape.

The author and translator duo who receive the award will be announced in a ceremony on the roof of HKW and online on June 30, 2021.

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Shortlist 2021