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Terézia Mora Receives the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s 2010 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

Promotional prizes awarded to Abbas Khider and Nino Haratischwili

Stuttgart, Germany, January 19, 2010 - The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s 2010 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, valued at 15,000 euros, will be awarded to Terézia Mora. Abbas Khider and Nino Haratischwili will receive promotional prizes valued at 7,000 euros each. Since 1985 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize to honor outstanding literary achievements written in German by authors who are non-native German speakers or whose cultural heritage is not German. This prize, which is well known in German-speaking literary circles, is thus the only one of its kind in Germany. The prizes will be awarded in a ceremony at the Allerheiligen Hofkirche of the Munich Residenz on March 4, 2010.

Terézia Mora was born in Sopron, Hungary, in 1971 and has lived in Berlin since 1990. She received the Chamisso promotional prize ten years ago for her collection of short stories entitled “Seltsame Materie” (Strange Material). Since then, she has written two longer novels, which have garnered attention from all over Europe. Terézia Mora is being awarded the 2010 Chamisso prize both for her previous literary works as well as for her diverse range of activities as a translator and mediator between German-speaking and Hungarian cultural areas. Her most recent work is a fast-paced and humorously written novel entitled “Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent” (The Only Man on the Continent) published by Luchterhand Literaturverlag in 2009. The novel’s structure and the way the characters interact with one another demonstrate the skill of modern storytelling. The story is a valid literary representation of the tenuous world of professional and personal relationships experienced by those living in the big city today and is narrated with exceptional linguistic technique.

Abbas Khider was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1973 and has lived in Germany since 2000. He is being awarded the Chamisso promotional prize for his first novel “Der falsche Inder” (The Fake Indian) published by Edition Nautilus in 2008. In ever-changing storylines, his succint and unsentimentally narrated novel tells the story of young Rasul Hamid and his adventurous flight from Iraq under the dictator Saddam Hussein. He manages to eke out a living in a number of different North African and European countries, working as a tutor, casual worker, and waiter. Rasul Hamid, who meets numerous other refugees from all over the world and learns about their often bizarre fates, seems to be doomed himself, yet he is saved time and again in many miraculous ways. Abbas Khider’s tragicomic, often even burlesque novel is a realistic, modern-day refugee fairy tale about a serious and moving political issue, which has been relevant for many years.

Nino Haratischwili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1983 and now lives in Hamburg working as a script and prose writer. She is being awarded the Chamisso promotional prize for her previous dramatic works, especially for her plays “Georgia” and “Liv Stein” (Verlag der Autoren, 2009), which are masterfully written, thematically exciting, and at times simply enchanting. Her linguistically strong texts combine political issues and private family issues in a striking manner. In doing so, they express many of life’s problems when communicating between extremely different cultures in a dramatically plausible way. Nino Haratischwili’s unusually well-developed feeling for tension and rhythm is responsible for the idiosyncratic and fascinating allure of her stage scripts. Her first novel will be published in 2010.

The jury for the 2010 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize comprises the following people: Gregor Dotzauer (Der Tagesspiegel), Clemens-Peter Haase (Goethe Institute), Ina Hartwig (literary critic), Hubert Spiegel (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and Dorothea Westphal (DeutschlandRadio Kultur).

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Terézia Mora
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Abbas Khider
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Nino Haratischwili
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