The fate of refugees. A poetic novel about the loss of homeland, and life after migration.
Reacting to the win, the Bosnian-German author has criticized the decision to award the Nobel Prize in literature to Austrian Peter Handke. Stanisic's work describes his escape from the former Yugoslavia.
For English readers, Saša Stanišić is the most famous author among the six finalists for the literature award. But before they're translated from German, here's a peek at the titles that are seen as this year's best.
Austrian author Arno Geiger won the first German Book Prize in 2005 with his family novel "We Are Doing Fine." The award thrust him into the limelight and has continued to have an Impact.
It should just be about choosing the best novel of the year. But the German Book Prize is much more. It's the highlight of Germany's literary calendar and the source of annual skirmishes within the literary world.
What impact does winning the German Book Prize have on sales? Richard Stoiber, from publisher Matthes & Seitz in Berlin, explains. In 2015, its author Frank Witzel was awarded the prize for his novel.
What makes a novel the best of the year? Since 2005, judges and critics have been trying to figure out just that. The German Book Prize promises authors skyrocketing sales - and opens the field for plenty of debate.
There are some books you just can't put down. They are the titles we depend on and that stay with us for the rest of our lives. DW presents 10 German classics recommended by the avid readers in the culture department.
The German Publishers and Booksellers Association presents the German Book Prize. Since 2006, Deutsche Welle has been its media partner. Chairman Heinrich Riethmüller tells DW about his goals and visual literature.
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