Fiston Mwanza Mujila was declared the winner of Germany’s Preis der Literaturhäuser 2024 on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
Preis der Literaturhäuser (English: Literature Houses Prize) is a German literary prize awarded annually to authors by program managers of literary houses during the Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig book fair) for exceptional text and presentation skills. Some of the previous winners of the award first handed out in 2002 have been Jaroslav Rudiš, Antje Rávic Strubel, Marlene Streeruwitz, Ingo Schulze, and Sasha Marianna Salzmann.
The winner for 2024 was announced to be author and poet Fiston Mwanza Mujila whose debut novel “Tram 83” (Zsolnay) won numerous awards including the Etisalat Prize, the German International Literature Prize, Rosegger Literary Prize, and Prix Les Afriques. His second book was The Villains Dance (2020). The Congolese-born author is also the curator of the Weltwortreisende (World Word Travellers) a literary festival which has been hosted for the last two years in his adopted town of Graz, Austria.
Mujila has been honoured as an author who has made a great contribution to the unique character of literary events. He will receive the prize, endowed with 20,000 euros, at an event at the Leipzig Book Fair.
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