Emine Sevgi Özdamar wins Georg Büchner Prize 2022

Emine Sevgi Özdamar receives the Georg Büchner Prize 2022.

The award is given to writers „who write in the German language, who stand out in a special way through their work and works, and who have made a significant contribution to shaping contemporary German cultural life.“ Prize winners have included Erich Kästner, Max Frisch, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Christa Wolf, Elfriede Jelinek, Terézia Mora and Clemens J. Setz. 

„Unusual literary stylistic devices and ways of speaking inspired by the Turkish language characterize her multi-perspective texts, which, in addition to intimate personal experiences, unfold a broad panorama of German-Turkish history – from the First World War to the spirit of upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s to the present day. Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s work opens up an intellectual as well as poetic dialogue between different languages, cultures and world views, in which we may participate while reading.“ – Jury Georg-Büchner-Preis

The author’s latest novel was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. Former books were published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch and include THE BRIDGE OF THE GOLDEN HORN and LIFE IS A CARAVANSAREI.