Finalists announced for German Book Prize

From signandsight, here’s a list of the six novels shortlisted for the German Book Prize, an annual award modeled after the Man Booker and Prix Goncourt that grants €25,000 to the year’s best German novel. The prize is in its fourth year, and signandsight has provided English excerpts for Anglophones looking to browse the 2008 contenders.

Here’s an except from Sherko Fatah‘s novel, The Dark Ship:

He began to grow fat very early on. In the beginning, nobody noticed; there were a number of pudgy children in the neighborhood. But they did not keep up with Kerim. When he was seven years old, he was the fattest child far and wide. His mother often admonished him not to eat the leftover food. Finally, she even sent him outside, so that he would get more exercise. But she did all that secretly, trying not to be noticed by her husband. For Kerim’s father had the girth of three men, and nothing about this bothered him. He was not tall, and would have had a slender figure with delicate wrists and ankles. However, eating had changed him completely.

The winner will be announced on October 13th.

~ by Jessica on October 2, 2008.

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