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12 Swiss Books

Swiss Literature Awards 2017

presented by the Federal Office for Culture FOC

Every year, the Federal Office for Culture awards the Swiss Grand Award for Literature as well as five to seven Swiss Literature Awards. The latter are awarded for literary works that have been published in the previous year, in one of the national languages or in a Swiss dialect. The Swiss Grand Prix for Literature honours a personality who stands out through their exceptional dedication to Swiss literature. In addition, every other year a special prize is awarded, in recognition of exceptional commitment to Swiss literature and to its public promotion.

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Sample translations of the 2017 laureates’ texts can be provided upon request.


LAURENCE BOISSIER
INVENTAIRE DES LIEUX
(AN INVENTORY OF PLACES)

GENRE Short stories
PUBLISHER Art&fiction, éditions d’artistes, Lausanne
ISBN 978-2-940570-02-7
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Marie-Claire Grossen, marie-claire.grossen@artfiction.ch
For German: Altas Agency, Katharina Altas, literatur@agenturaltas.ch


ERNST BURREN
DR CHLAUEPUTZER TRINKT NUME ORANGSCHINA
(THE HOOF TRIMMER ONLY DRINKS LEMONADE)

GENRE Novel
PUBLISHER Cosmos, Muri b. Bern
ISBN 978-3-305-00418-8
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Roland Schärer schaerer@cosmosverlag.ch


ANNETTE HUG
WILHELM TELL IN MANILA
(A WILLIAM TELL FOR MANILA)

GENRE Novel
PUBLISHER Das Wunderhorn, Heidelberg
ISBN 978-3-884-23518-8
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Manfred Metzner metzner@wunderhorn.de


MICHEL LAYAZ
LOUIS SOUTTER, PROBABLEMENT

(LOUIS SOUTTER, I THINK)

GENRE Biographical novel
PUBLISHER Éditions Zoé, Geneva
ISBN 978-2-88927-342-3
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Agency Astier-Pécher, Laure Pécher, lpecher@pierreastier.com


JENS NIELSEN
FLUSSPFERD IM FRAUENBAD

(A HIPPOPOTAMUS IN A LADY’S BATH)

GENRE Anecdotes from daily life
PUBLISHER Der gesunde Menschenversand, Lucerne
ISBN 978-3-03853-018-3
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Matthias Burki, info@menschenversand.ch


PHILIPPE RAHMY
ALLEGRA

(ALLEGRA)

GENRE Novel
PUBLISHER La Table Ronde, Paris
ISBN 978-2-7103-7856-3
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Anna Vateva, a.vateva@editionslatableronde.fr


DIETER ZWICKY
HIHI – MEIN ARGENTINISCHER VATER
(MY FATHER’S AN ARGENTINIAN – HA-HA)

GENRE Novel
PUBLISHER edition pudelundpinscher, Wädenswil
ISBN 978-3-906061-09-2
TRANSLATION RIGHTS Beatrice Maritz, post@pudelundpinscher.ch


SWISS GRAND AWARD FOR LITERATURE

PASCALE KRAMER was born in Geneva in 1961 and has published numerous novels, for which she has received many awards. She grew up in Lausanne and spent several years in Zürich before going to Paris in 1987, where she now lives and works. In the thirteen books she has so far published, she concerns herself with the fate of ordinary people. Her literary breakthrough was in 2000 with her fourth novel, Les vivants (The Living), which received the Prix Lipp Suisse and was translated into German in 2003 by Andrea Spingler.


SPECIAL AWARD FOR LITERARY PROMOTION

CHARLES LINSMAYER was born in Zürich in 1945. From 1977, he has worked across several disciplines, as a journalist and literary historian; he has increasingly specialised in the cultural and literary history of Switzerland. As a publisher, he has edited several major works, including the 30-volume Frühling der Gegenwart, which covers the work of 177 Swiss German writers.