Israeli author Tomer Gardi makes history

The exhibition halls at Leipzig E book Honest had been silent as soon as once more this yr. And but the Leipzig E book Prize awards ceremony nonetheless passed off within the conventional method within the exhibition centre’s Glass Corridor regardless that the background noise that’s normally generated by the worldwide e-book and cultural scene was lacking due to the pandemic. The E book Prize is among the most famed awards for German authors and translators.

The Israeli creator Tomer Gardi gained the prize within the fiction class for his unconventional novel and literary experiment “Eine runde Sache”. Born in Kibbutz Dan in Galilee in 1974, Tom Gardi now lives in Berlin. He studied literature in Tel Aviv and Berlin.

Transferring between two worlds, his life can be mirrored in his new novel, which consultants had been stunned to seek out on the record of nominees. “Eine runde Sache” contains two components: a weird odyssey by the jungle of the German language, written in a synthetic “broken German”, and the story of the lifetime of a painter from Java who travelled the world within the nineteenth century, this half having been written in Hebrew and translated into German. Although Tom Gardi’s written German is simply as skewed as his spoken German, that is no cause to underestimate him. This language migrant is aware of precisely what he’s doing.

For the primary time within the practically 20-year historical past of this prize for German-language literature, a e-book has thus been honoured that was first written no less than partially in Hebrew and subsequently translated into German. Explaining its selection, the jury in Leipzig described “Eine runde Sache” as a firework of creativeness that performs each artfully and boldly with individuals’s studying habits and expectations of a novel.

All winners of the Leipzig E book Prize obtain a money prize of 15,000 euros every. An extra 1,000 euros is awarded to every nominee. Regardless of the Leipzig E book Honest having been cancelled as soon as once more because of the coronavirus pandemic, the prizes had been awarded reside within the Glass Corridor of Leipzig’s exhibition centre. (with dpa)

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