Kracht has informed sponsors of the Swiss Book Prize in a letter of his waiver, the Association of Swiss Booksellers and Publishers (SBVV) announced on Tuesday.
As a justification, the author stated that he “did not want to provide further material for discussion on the promotion of my work, as it is sometimes carried out in some Swiss media”.
In addition, Kracht received the Swiss Book Award Already received in 2016 And now you want to give the other four authors a better chance, the SBVV statement continues.
Association regrets waiver
The Assembly regrets Kracht’s decision, “especially as it comes at such a late date”. The list of the five authors nominated for the award was announced on 15 September.
The prize will be awarded on November 7th as part of the BuchBasel International Festival of Literature – to one or one of the four remaining nominees.
Cracht shortlisted for German Book Prize
Three men and three women are shortlisted for the 2021 German Book Prize, the jury announced Tuesday.
- Norbert Guchtern (“Jacob II”)
- Monica Helfer (“Dad”)
- Christian power («Eurotrash)
- Thomas Kunst (“Fixing the Sand”)
- Mithu Sanyal (“Identity”)
- Entje Ravik Strobel (“The Blue Woman”)
The six contestants demonstrated “the stylistic, formal and thematic richness of contemporary German-language literature,” said jury spokesperson Knut Cordsen. In addition, they testified to “a great desire and skill in telling stories.”
The book that the jury will eventually select as the best novel of 2021 will be decided within four weeks.
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