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
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).

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."

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