This year, the author Ulrike Draesner receives the »Großer Preis des Deutschen Literaturfonds« (»Grand Prize of the German Literature Fund«) endowed with 50,000 euros. The jury reasoned its choice by saying that Draesner is »at home in many literary genres« and has »developed her own form and language for each one«. Most recently, she had demonstrated her skills in her artist’s novel »Schwitters«.
Born in 1962, the author has published a wide range of eloquent poetry, short stories and novels, trenchant essays, as well as travel books and translations, and in all her books she proves to be a master of dense descriptions of thoughts and a precise observer of the present. In 1996 Draesner was a fellow and from 2015 to 2017, she was a juror at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in the practical field of literature.
The »Großer Preis des Deutschen Literaturfonds« is awarded annually and financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. It is one of the most highly endowed literary prizes in Germany.