Ralf Rothmann has been awarded the 2017 Kleist Prize
The 20,000 euro Kleist Prize this year has gone to writer Ralf Rothmann.
In the words of the jury:
»Rothmann’s literature is characterised by autobiographical experience, it is a product of the working class, of the neighbourhood, it is masterful in its laconic depictions of everyday life and has a human aesthetic of genuinely Christian accountability. Examples are novels like Milch und Kohle (2000), Junges Licht (2004), Feuer brennt nicht (2009) and his most recent Im Frühling sterben (2015), whose vivid portrayal of war reminded NZZ literature critic, Beatrice von Matt, of Goya’s paintings and Kleist’s poetology of the inevitable.«