News Overview 2017

Chamisso Prize: Telling Today’s Stories

Author Abbas Khider (right) was honored with the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in Munich. The jury praised him as a "sensitive observer" of the situation for today’s refugees. In his latest novel, he made the main character a refugee who describes his exhausting experiences in Germany. The two Promotional Prizes go to Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharaja.
Robert Bosch Stiftung | March 2017
Die Chamisso-Preisträger bei der Preisverleihung in München
Photo: Markus Kirchgessner
Author Abbas Khider received the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and its € 15,000 endowment in a ceremony at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in the Munich Residenz. Promotional Prizes of € 7,000 also were presented to Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharajah. The awards were handed out by Uta-Micaela Dürig, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, at the ceremony moderated by Katty Salié (ZDF aspekte).

Impressions from the Award Ceremony

Eindrücke der Preisverleihung

Abbas Khider erhält den Chamisso-Preis 2017
Fotos: Markus Kirchgessner 

Get to Know the Winners

Abbas Khider received the Chamisso Prize for the body of his previous work. In his laudation, author Friedrich Christian Delius noted that: "Abbas Khider is not only an author worthy of such recognition because he confronts us with German hypocrisy; each of his poetically grounded novels is cleverly structured. He makes us laugh, plays with clichés and lets us stand in awe of the miracles within suffering."

Barbi Marković received the Promotional Prize for her latest book Superheldinnen (Engl. "Superheroines"). Wiebke Porombka highlighted in her laudation that: "Barbi Marković, and this is her very special poetic superhero power, makes the strangeness and simultaneously the naturalness of the present appear again and again in images that are as unsentimental as they are incisive, emphatic and yet fused with dark humor."
Senthuran Varatharajah was recognized with the Promotional Prize for his debut novel Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen (Engl. "In the Face of Mounting Signs"). Literary critic Meike Fessmann noted in her laudation that: "Vor der Zunahme von Zeichen takes the discussion about migration to a new level. The novel challenges the reader not to relate, but contemplate. And he shows us how rewarding the art of differentiation can be - also and especially in literature."

Inspiring Young People for Literature

"We are very proud and grateful that we could again honor such incredible representatives of contemporary German literature with the Chamisso Prize this year," says Chief Executive Officer Uta-Micaela Dürig. "In the future, we will concentrate on bringing literature to young people and collaborate with the Chassimo authors in this area. We are convinced that this can provide an important contribution to integrating young people in our country in cultural and social life." Promoting literature was always among the aims of the Chamisso Prize.


The Chamisso Magazine

Learn more about this year's winners and the history of the Chamisso Prize in the new German-language magazine.

The Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

The Robert Bosch Stiftung awards the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize to honor outstanding German-language authors whose work is shaped by a change of culture. Furthermore, the award winners are united through their unusual way of using the language in a manner which enriches German literature. In 2017, the Prize is awarded for the 33rd and last time.