S.Fischer Verlag author Antje Rávik Strubel has been awarded the German Book Prize 2021 for her novel Blaue Frau (Blue Woman).
To us, it has always felt a bit like Antje Rávik Strubel`s writing has been somewhat ahead of her time – and that makes us even happier to accompany this fantastic breakthrough. As her long-time publisher we are delighted to let you know that the author`s work is almost completely to be discovered around the globe.S.Fischer Verlag Foreign Rights
The jury said:
“With existential force and poetic precision, Antje Rávik Strubel describes a young woman’s escape from her memories of being raped. Layer by layer, this unsettling novel exposes what happened. The story of female self-empowerment expands into a reflection on competing cultures of memory in Eastern and Western Europe and the power imbalance between the sexes. In a tentative narrative movement, Antje Rávik Strubel succeeds in giving voice to what is actually unspeakable about a traumatic experience. In her dialogue with the mythical figure of the Blue Woman, the narrator sums up her interventional poetics: literature as a fragile counterforce against injustice and violence in the face of despair.”
You can read more about the book and a sample translation in English by Zaia Alexander here.
See the six shortlisted books here.
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