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Marcel Beyer is awarded the Georg Büchner Prize 2016

28.06.2016

The German Academy for Language and Literature awards the Georg Büchner Prize in 2016 to the writer Marcel Beyer. The prize is endowed with 50.000 Euros and is awarded on the 5th of November, 2016 in Darmstadt.

The statement of the jury: »The German Academy for Language and Literature awards the Georg Büchner Prize 2016 to Marcel Beyer. Thereby it honors an author who mastered not only the epic panorama but also the poetic microscopy. Whether poem or novel, time diagnostic essay or opera libretto: for Marcel Beyer language always means exploring. He is dedicated to the realization of German history with the same precision as with which he explores the world of animals and plants. His texts are bold and tender, insightful and incorruptible. During three decades a work emerged, which makes the world seem wonderfully familiar and also iridescently new at once.«

Marcel Beyer, born on the 23th of November 1965, lived in Cologne before moving in 1996 to Dresden. He studied literature and graduated in 1992 with a thesis on Friederike Mayröcker.

In 1991 he debuted as a novelist with the book Menschenfleisch (The human flesh), published in the same year as his first book of poems under the title Walkmännin. Beyer gained public and even international recognition in 1995 with his novel Flughunde (The Karnau tapes) In it he talks about the Second World War, the instrumentalization of language by propaganda and about experiments with human voices. This was followed by the poetry collections Falsches Futter (Incorrect feed, 1997) and Erdkunde (Geography, 2002) and the novels Spione (Spies, 2000) and Kaltenburg (2008). Beyer again makes the presence of the past visible and shows how one can »translate« science into literature (Kaltenburg). He also published stories, essays as Nonfiction (2003) and Putins Briefkasten. Acht Recherchen (2012). 2014 Marcel Beyer presented his book of poems Graphit (Graphite), which is a collection of poems that accumulated over a perioid of twelve years, in which he further continues his explorations of language, landscapes and cultures.

For his work he has received numerous awards: the Uwe Johnson Prize in 1997 and the Joseph Breitbach Prize 2008. In recent years more followed: the Oskar Pastior Prize and Kleist Prize 2014, the Bremen Literature Prize 2015 and Düsseldorf Literature Prize 2016 among others.

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The Karnau Tapes
Marcel Beyer
The Karnau Tapes
The Karnau Tapes
Ulli Lust, Marcel Beyer
The Karnau Tapes
Kaltenburg
Marcel Beyer
Kaltenburg
Putin’s Postbox
Marcel Beyer
Putin’s Postbox