Program, Award Ceremony and Long Night of the Shortlist

Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen will honor a foreign-language book and its translation into German with the fifth International Literature Award. The awards ceremony will be preceded by polyglot readings and conversations with the shortlisted authors and translators.


18 h
Celebration speech by Aris Fioretos

18.30 h
Conversation and reading with Zakhar Prilepin, Erich Klein, Susanne Macht and Egon Ammann on Zakhar Prilepin's Sankya, Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2012
(In Russian with English and German simultaneous translation)

"Dog's Life"
Conversation and reading with Jean Rolin, Holger Fock, Sabine Müller and Kersten Knipp on Jean Rolin's Einen toten Hund ihm nach, Berlin Verlag, 2012
(In French with English and German simultaneous translation)

19.45 h
"Chinese Whispers"
Conversation and reading with Andrej Bitow, Rosemarie Tietze and Ilma Rakusa on Andrej Bitow's Der Symmetrielehrer, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012
(In Russian with English and German simultaneous translation)

"Seeing Spectres"
Conversation and reading with Valeria Luiselli, Dagmar Ploetz and Ricarda Otte on Valeria Luiselli's Die Schwerelosen, Verlag Antje Kunstmann, 2013
(In Spanish with English and German simultaneous translation)

"Second Hand"
Conversation and reading with Grete Osterwald and Marie Luise Knott on Lloyd Jones' Die Frau im blauen Mantel, Rowohlt Verlag, 2012
(In English with German simultaneous translation)

21 h
Award presentation: Teju Cole and Christine Richter-Nilsson
Honouring speech by Claudia Kramatschek, conversation and reading with the laureates
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Followed by a dinner
Moderator of the evening: Bernd M. Scherer, director HKW