Awards – Munich – Bavarian Book Prize for author Emine Sevgi Özdamar – Bavaria
Munich (dpa) – The Berlin author Emine Sevgi Özdamar has been awarded the Bavarian Book Prize in Munich. The writer received the 10,000 euro award in the fiction category on Thursday evening for her novel “A space limited by shadows”. The book tells of an artist and actress who died after the military coup in 1971, fleeing Turkey to West Berlin and building a new life there.
The book prize in the non-fiction category went to Helge Hessen for “Beginning the world anew” about the technical, scientific and social upheavals at the end of the 18th century. The jurors had determined the winners in both categories in advance during a debate on the stage.
Bestselling author Frank Schätzing received the honorary award from the Bavarian Prime Minister. Schätzing succeeds in combining science and science fiction dramaturgically in such a way that readers virtually devour every page. At the same time, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had declared in advance that he was an exciting personality who was not afraid to take a clear position, but who did not take part in the award ceremony. Art Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) had now presented the award. Juli Zeh received the Bayern 2 Audience Award for her novel “Über Menschen”.
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