It is considered the most important award for German-language literature. Günter Grass received it, Heinrich Böll and Christa Wolf also received it. This year, an Austrian receives the Georg Büchner Prize.
Darmstadt (dpa) – Austrian writer Clemens J. Setz receives the 2021 Georg Büchner Prize. This was announced by the German Academy for Language and Poetry on Tuesday in Darmstadt.
The prize, endowed with 50,000 euros, is considered the most important literary prize in Germany. The prize will be awarded solemnly on November 6 at the National Theater in Darmstadt.
“With Clemens J. Setz, the German Academy for Language and Poetry honors a language artist who repeatedly explores human border areas with his novels and stories,” said the jury in support of the decision. The disturbing drastic character of the 38-year-old artist sticks to the heart of our present because he follows a deeply humanist impulse.
The Academy awards the prize to writers who have written in German since 1951. The laureates must “stand out to a particular degree by their work and their works” and “have an important part in shaping contemporary German cultural life”.
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, last year, Elke Erb.
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.