Award Ceremony and Long Night of the Shortlist

Wed, Jun 12, 2013
6 pm
Free admission

Festival from 6 p.m., Award Ceremony 9 p.m.

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
More about the Award Winners...

Followed by a dinner
Moderator of the evening: Bernd M. Scherer, director HKW

The Shortlist

Andrej Bitow: Der Symmetrielehrer

Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012

translated from the Russian by Rosemarie Tietze

Prepodavatel’ simmetrii. Roman-ėcho, Fortuna Ėl, Moskau 2008

Teju Cole: Open City

Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012

translated from the English by Christine Richter-Nilsson

Open City, Random House, New York 2011

Lloyd Jones: Die Frau im blauen Mantel

Rowohlt Verlag, 2012

translated from the English by Grete Osterwald

Hand Me Down World, Text Publishing, Melbourne 2010

Valeria Luiselli: Die Schwerelosen

Verlag Antje Kunstmann, 2013

translated from the Spanish by Dagmar Ploetz

Los ingrávidos, Editorial Sexto Piso, Mexico 2011

Zakhar Prilepin: Sankya

Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2012

translated from the Russian by Erich Klein and Susanne Macht

Sankya, Ad Marginem Press, Moskau 2006

Jean Rolin: Einen toten Hund ihm nach

Berlin Verlag, 2012

translated from the French by Holger Fock and Sabine Müller

Un chien mort après lui, P.O.L éditeur, Paris 2009

The Jury

Egon Ammann publisher

Hans Christoph Buch writer

Kersten Knipp journalist/critic

Marie Luise Knott author/critic/Head of the German Translator Fund

Claudia Kramatschek journalist/critic

Ricarda Otte journalist/critic, Deutsche Welle

Ilma Rakusa writer/translator

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