Six very different books have been shortlisted for the 2016 German Book Prize. They deal with hooligans, violence, lonely families and depressed urbanites. The prize will be awarded on October 17th.
Historical fiction takes the spotlight in the six titles selected out of 165 entries this year. Here are the books vying for the top prize.
One of the most-coveted awards in German literature has gone to the author of Archipel. The novel tells the story of three families on the Canary Island of Tenerife from different social classes in Franco-era Spain.
In 2014, the Austrian actor-turned-novelist managed to hauntingly and sensitively describe an entire life in around 160 pages. The slim novel was a surprising success, even abroad.
Judith Schalansky has been awarded the prestigious Wilhelm Raabe Prize for "An Inventory of Certain Losses." At only 38, Schalansky has already been the recipient of several of Germany's top literature awards.
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