Percival Everett, Scholastique Mukasonga on Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 shortlist

Percival Everett, Scholastique Mukasonga on Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 shortlist

Percival Everett and Scholastique Mukasonga are on the shortlist for Germany’s Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 announced on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Internationaler Literaturpreis (English: International Literature Award) is a German literary award for international prose translated into German for the first time. It has been awarded annually by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation “Elementarteilchen” since 2009. Previous winners include Fatima Daas, Chigozie Obioma, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Teju Cole, and Marie Ndiaye. Cherie Jones and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr were on the shortlist last year.

The jury for 2024 is comprised of author and publicist Asal Dardan, literary scholar, curator, and lecturer Ibou Coulibaly Diop, journalist, presenter, and translator Beatrice Faßbender, journalist and writer Khuê Phạm, translator Olga Radetzkaja, poet and artist Cia Rinne, and writer and essayist Deniz Utlu. The jury has announced the shortlist for the prize on Thursday.

“The works on this year’s shortlist have been translated from Spanish, English, French, Finnish, and Norwegian into the experience and reference space of German-language reading with due restraint or using their own artificial languages, sometimes physically, sometimes spoken into the night,” said jury member Deniz Utlu.

The following writers of African descent are featured;

  • James, Percival Everett translated from English by Nikolaus Stingl Carl Hanser Verlag, 2024
  • Kibogo’s Ascension, Scholastique Mukasonga translated from the French by Jan Schönherr Claassen, 2024

The winner will be announced at a later date.

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