It is one of the most important prizes in German-language literature: today the Academy of Language and Poetry announces who will receive the Georg Büchner Prize in 2021.

Darmstadt (dpa) – The German Academy for Language and Poetry announced on Tuesday which writer will receive the 2021 Georg Büchner Prize. According to an academy spokesperson, the prize will be awarded solemnly on November 6 at the Theater d ‘ State of Darmstadt.

The prize, endowed with 50,000 euros, is one of the most important literary awards in German-speaking countries. Last year, poet and poet Elke Erb was honored for her lifelong literary work.

At best, the awards ceremony should take place with the public again this year. Last year, the academy maintained the awards ceremony despite the corona pandemic, but with almost no audience. A rejection would have meant the breaking of a tradition, it was said at the time to justify it.

The Academy awards the prize to writers who have written in German since 1951. The laureates must “stand out in a particular way through their work and their works” and “play a major role in shaping contemporary German cultural life”, specify the winners. statutes. The prize is funded by the federal government, the state of Hesse and the city of Darmstadt.

The winners are Max Frisch (1958), Günter Grass (1965) and Heinrich Böll (1967) and more recently since 2015 Rainald Goetz, Marcel Beyer, Jan Wagner, Terézia Mora, Lukas Bärfuss and Erb. The lyric poet was the eleventh woman to receive the award.

It is named after the playwright and revolutionary Georg Büchner (“Woyzeck”). He was born in the Grand Duchy of Hesse in 1813 and died in Zurich in 1837.