It is one of the most important awards for German-language literature: Today the Academy for Language and Poetry announces who will receive the Georg Büchner Prize in 2021.
This Tuesday, the German Academy for Language and Poetry will announce which writer will receive the Georg Büchner Prize 2021. According to a spokeswoman for the academy, the award will be ceremoniously presented on November 6th in the State Theater in Darmstadt.
The prize, endowed with 50,000 euros, is one of the most important literary awards in German-speaking countries. Last year, the poet and poet Elke Erb was honored for her literary life’s work.
At best, the award ceremony should take place with an audience again this year. Last year, the academy held on to the award ceremony despite the corona pandemic, but with almost no audience. A rejection would have meant the break of a tradition, it was said at the time to justify it.
The Academy has been awarding the prize to writers who write in German since 1951. The winners must “stand out in a special way through their work and works” and “play a major role in shaping contemporary German cultural life”, says the statutes. The award is financed by the federal government, the state of Hesse and the city of Darmstadt.
The winners include Max Frisch (1958), Günter Grass (1965) and Heinrich Böll (1967) and most recently since 2015 Rainald Goetz, Marcel Beyer, Jan Wagner, Terézia Mora, Lukas Bärfuss and Erb. The lyric poet was the eleventh woman to receive the award.
It is named after the playwright and revolutionary Georg Büchner (“Woyzeck”). He was born in 1813 in the Grand Duchy of Hesse and died
1837 in Zurich.