Wilhelm Raabe Award 2023 for Judith Hermann!

It counts among the most notable literary awards in Germany: The Wilhelm Raabe Award. Former recipients include Judith Schalansky, Clemens J. Setz, Marion Poschmann and Christian Kracht. I am happy to say that the 2023 recipient will be Judith Hermann for her essay collection WE’D HAVE TOLD EACH OTHER EVERYTHING (S. Fischer).

Finnish and Icelandic rights are still available!

  • rights sold to FR (Albin Michel), DK (Batzer), CZ (Vetrne Mlyny), N (Pelikanen), NL (Meridiaan), SE (Weyler)
  • Judith Hermann is one of Germany’s most prestigious and sucessfull contemporary authors
  • Her work is translated into more than 35  languages
  • She has sold over 1.5 million books
  • Her novel Daheim sold over 100,000 copies and reached the top of the Spiegel bestseller list

A childhood spent in unconventional circumstances, the divided Berlin, family ties and affinities, long, happy summers at the seaside. Judith Hermann discusses her writing and her life and what holds her writing and life together and connects them. Truth, invention, and secrets – where does a story begin, and where does it end? How dependable is our memory, how closely do our dreams resemble reality?

In her novels and stories, Judith Hermann captures an entire attitude towards life: with a clear, poetic voice, she talks about the sensitive core of life, friendship, departure, and freedom. 

„In this book, she makes it clear in an admirable way how masterfully she understands how to transform even the difficult, barely bearable, deathly dark into great literature.“ – Der Spiegel, Wolfgang Höbel

„I am thrilled, blown away.“ – WDR3 Mosaik, Denis Scheck

„As an intimate workshop tour […] recommended to anyone in search of what makes up the typical Hermann sound.“ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Emilia Kröger

„a crafty literary performance of revealing and concealing, of hidden showing and revealing hiding“ and „In her seventh book, Judith Hermann shows us a new, heartbreaking side without falling prey to kitsch […] no small feat.“ – Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sigrid Löffler

„With Judith Hermann, you want to read every line, you don’t want to miss anything.“ and „one of the most interesting books this spring“ – Deutschlandfunk, Jan Drees

„Judith Hermann’s book has an incredible energy and beauty and brutality and radiance. On every page you feel the ruthlessness and honesty and necessity of this text.“ – Die Zeit, Volker Weidermann

„a touchingly personal book“ – NDR Kultur, Katrin Krämer

„Judith Hermann’s books are unswerving explorations of human situations“, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

„She has this sound that only seems as if it were approximate and hovering, but in reality it is the result of exact prose: not a word too much.“Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

“A master storyteller.” — The Independent, London