The Börsenverein honours the year's best German-language novel / Award
ceremony held before 300 guests at the Frankfurt Römer
FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The winner of the German Book
Prize 2013 is Terézia Mora for her novel "Das Ungeheuer" (Luchterhand).
Statement from the jury:
A dark thread runs through the text of Terézia Mora's novel "Das
Ungeheuer" ("Monster"), which tells the story of married couple Darius
Kopp and Flora. He was an everyman who loved his wife more than
anything - albeit hopelessly - and who was overwhelmed by her illness
and depression. Flora took her own life, leaving Kopp behind with an
urn filled with her ashes and a file in which his Hungarian wife had
kept a diary of her disease. He sets off on a journey through Eastern
Europe, in search of a home for the ashes and for his despair. His
travels take him from Hungary to Croatia to Albania and beyond, until
he finally descends upon Greece. "Das Ungeheuer" is both a
stylistically brilliant obituary that is rich in perspective and a
spirited road novel set in modern-day Eastern Europe. Terézia Mora
adopts a radical approach to offer a voice to the deceased Flora and
her suffering, which she was unable to share with Darius. Beneath the
dark thread, her diary can be read as a complement to Darius' travel
story - a mosaic of autobiographical and medical sketches on the
subject of depression. As a writer, Mora succeeds in interweaving two
text forms and two characters who failed each other in life. Terézia
Mora combines a keen awareness of literary form with a capacity for
empathy. "Das Ungeheuer" is a deeply moving novel that offers its own
diagnosis of the contemporary age.
Jury members for the German Book Prize 2013 include: Helmut Böttiger
(independent critic, jury spokesman), Katrin Lange (Literaturhaus
Munich), Ursula März (Die Zeit), Jörg Plath (independent critic), Andreas Platthaus (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Klaus Seufer-Wasserthal (Rupertus Buchhandlung, Salzburg, Austria)
and Claudia Voigt (Der Spiegel).
The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Stiftung - the Foundation of
the German Publishers and Booksellers Association - awarded the German
Book Prize 2013 to the best German-language title of the year to
coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Additional information about the winner and her appearances during the
Frankfurt Book Fair can be found at http://www.deutscher-buchpreis.de.
SOURCE: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.
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