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Neubrandenburg / Berlin (dpa) – The Liechtenstein-born writer Benjamin Quaderer has been awarded the Uwe Johnson Prize in 2021. The 32-year-old received the honor for his debut novel “Forever the Alps” on Friday as part of the Uwe Johnson Literature Days 2021 in Neubrandenburg. The prize is endowed with 5000 euros and is awarded in alternation with the Uwe Johnson Literature Prize of the Mecklenburg Literature Society, the Humanist Association Berlin-Brandenburg KdöR and the Berlin law firm Gentz und Partner.
The novel, which is about an impostor from the Principality of Liechtenstein, is, according to a jury, an outstanding literary achievement. Quaderer used different modes of representation in the spirit of the writer Uwe Johnson (1934-1984) (“Anniversaries”). The jury selected Quaderer’s novel from among one of the debut works of prose and essay writing in German-speaking countries.
Previous award winners have included Thomas Pletzinger, Judith Zander and Kenah Cusanit. The motto of this year’s Uwe Johnson Literature Days is “Literature as an uproar?”. In addition, Michael Meyen (“We are the legacy. Why GDR journalism was buried too early. My story.”) And Helmut Böttiger “The years of true feelings”) are expected in Neubrandenburg.
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