This year’s Lessing Prize, worth 10,000 euros, is awarded to 81-year-old Uwe Timm. He made a name for himself with “The Discovery of Currywurst”.


The writer Uwe Timm (81, “The discovery of currywurst”) received the Lessing Prize from the city of Hamburg. The cartoonist Birgit Weyhe (“In paradise is a fair”) also received the Lessing scholarship worth 5,000 euros on Sunday at the Thalia Theater.

“Whether with language or with images: Uwe Timm and Birgit Weyhe are among the great storytellers of our time, because their thinking is free, because they are empathetic beings and because they want to enrich life their readers with their imagination,” said Hamburg Senator for Culture Carsten Brosda (SPD).

The Lessing Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, is one of the most traditional cultural prizes and was first awarded by the Senate of Hamburg in 1929 – on the occasion of the 200th birthday of the poet Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. It is awarded every four years. According to the cultural authority, the laureates must feel attached to the maxims of the Enlightenment in the sense of Lessing and express them in their intellectual work. (dpa)