© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)
What forms does contemporary storytelling take on? The Internationaler Literaturpreis is dedicated to this question now for the twelfth time – at a time when the response to global complexities is often to retreat into national egoisms and narratives of exclusion. Narratives meet counter-narratives. At the same time, literature and art have become preferred venues for political conflicts. It seems all the more important to focus on contemporary international literature and its translation. Translation creates spaces in which unknowns are conveyed, spaces in which difference persists and is made productively legible. To acknowledge and promote this work, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen will be awarding the Internationaler Literaturpreis once again in 2020.