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By Rüdiger Safranski
Translated by David Dollenmayer
W.W. Norton, 2017
Original title: Goethe: Kunstwerk des Lebens
By Stefan Müller-Doohm
Translated by Daniel Steuer
Original title: Jürgen Habermas: Eine Biographie
By Reiner Stach
Translated by Shelley Frisch
Princeton University Press, 2016
Origina title: Kafka: Die frühen Jahre
By Werner Schroeter with Claudia Lenssen
Translated by Anthea Bell
University of Chicago, 2017
Original title: Tage im Dämmer, Nächte im Rausch
The German Academy for Language and Literature awarded Jan Wagner the 2017 Georg Büchner Prize. The academy stated in their decision that Wagner’s “poems combine a playful pleasure in language with a masterful control of form, musical sensuality and intellectual conciseness.” The prize carries a €50,000 award.
The 2017 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Fiction went to Natascha Wodin. Her Prize-Winning Book Sie kam aus Mariupol [She Came From Mariupol] is an exceptional book that details a forensic search for the truth.