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award winning books


We are happy to announce that Thomas Melle's THE WORLD AT YOUR BACK (DIE WELT IM RÜCKEN) and André Kubiczek's A SKETCH OF SUMMER (SKIZZE EINES SOMMERS) are in the final running for this year's award!

The German Book Prize is presented to the best German-language novel just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair as an annual award from the Foundation of the German Publishers' & Booksellers' Association.


We are very happy to announce that three of our authors are on the longlist!

- Akos Doma, WEG DER WÜNSCHE (The Way of Wishes),

- Thomas Melle, DIE WELT IM RÜCKEN (The World at Your Back),

- André Kubiczek, SKIZZE EINES SOMMERS (A Sketch of Summer).

The prize will be awarded on 17th of October at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Congratulations to our authors! We'll keep our fingers crossed.


Helmut Lethen embarks on a fascinating journey through the art and media of the 20th century. Using the example of Robert Capa’s photos of the Normandy landings, he explores how pictures become historical documents. He indulges his fascination for the performance art of Marina Abramovic that so deftly melds art and reality. Lethen also immerses himself in the ironic play with signs that typifies the work of conceptual artist Bruce Naumann and which dissolves any sense of reality. He examines pictures that portray the idyllic, and discovers a sense of solitude that had frightened him as a child. With his finely honed eye, Lethen shows us what pictures are and what they are capable of. Yet he also steadfastly refuses to reveal the reality behind them, and in so doing stays true to a conviction that has been so important for his own life. A personal and powerful book that teaches us how to see in this visually bewildering era.


This year’s winner of the Leipzig Book Fair Award, David Wagner, has written a moving book about an existential inner journey through responsibility and happiness, death and love; it is the story of an organ transplant. The jury praised the laconic sense of humor of David Wagner’s brilliantly written novel. A sample translation will soon be available. David Wagner is a recipient of the Walter Serner Prize, the Dedalus Prize for Contemporary Literature, the Georg K. Glaser Award and others.