Ann Cotten to Receive Robert Bosch Stiftung’s 2014 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize
Promotional Prizes Go to Dana Ranga and Nellja Veremej
Stuttgart, December 9, 2013 – Ann Cotten will be awarded the 2014 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize valued at 15,000 euros. She is being honored for all of her previous works, including her latest work, Der schaudernde Fächer (published by Suhrkamp in 2013). According to the jury, in this work she "brings a breath of fresh air to the present-day German language in a highly poetic fashion." This year’s promotional prizes, valued at 7,000 euros each, are going to Dana Ranga for her anthology of poems Wasserbuch (published by Suhrkamp in 2011) and to Nellja Veremej for her novel Berlin liegt im Osten (published by Jung und Jung in 2013). Robert Bosch Stiftung awards the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize to honor outstanding authors whose work is shaped by a change of language or culture. Furthermore, the award winners are united through their unusual way of using the language in a manner which enriches German literature. This makes the prize the only one of its kind in Germany. It will be awarded for the 30th time in 2014.
The awards will be presented to the winners on March 6, 2014, at the Court Church of All Saints in the Munich Residenz. On March 7, the award winners will read from their works at Literaturhaus München.
Ann Cotten was born in 1982 in Ames, Iowa, and grew up in Vienna, Austria. She has lived and worked in Berlin as a freelance writer since 2006. Her first book, a collection of poetry entitled Fremdwörterbuchsonette, was published in 2007, with Florida-Räume following in 2010. The jury said the following about her anthology of stories Der schaudernde Fächer: "In her work, the avant-gardist – who is not only familiar with European, but above all with Japanese culture – presents 17 highly musical stories that move confidently between poetry, realism, and abstraction and imaginatively and radically defy the everyday German language of our time."
Dana Ranga, born in 1964 in Bucharest, Romania, came to Germany in 1987. She lives and works as a freelance writer, translator, and filmmaker in Berlin. Dana Ranga is being honored for her anthology of poems entitled Wasserbuch (2011). "In her work, she takes a poetic foray through magically unusual – yet still human – deep-sea landscapes. In rapidly alternating perspectives, fish and humans interact in a lyrical game of endless metamorphoses," said the jury.
Nellja Veremej was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia, in 1963. She has lived and worked in Berlin as a caretaker for the elderly, Russian teacher, journalist, and writer since 1994. Nellja Veremej is being honored for her first novel, Berlin liegt im Osten (2013), which is in many ways related to Alfred Döblin’s work. The jury said the following about this selection: "Her fast-paced profile of the German capital tells – in a rawly realistic and at the same time poetically melancholy manner – of being a stranger in the big city, unachieved dreams, and unimagined moments of happiness."
The 2014 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize jury is comprised of: Gregor Dotzauer (literature critic), Michael Krüger (author and president of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts), Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann (president of the Goethe Institute), Denis Scheck (literature critic), Dorothea Westphal (literature critic), and Feridun Zaimoglu (author and Chamisso Prize winner in 2005).
The award winners will be available to speak with members of the press on December 16 in Stuttgart and December 17 in Munich. Appointments will be made individually, and we ask that you contact us personally.