Author Ursula Krechel has been awarded the 2012 German Book Prize for her novel Landgericht (Court of Justice), the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Stiftung (Foundation of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association) announced on Monday just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
“In her novel Landgericht, Ursula Krechel recounts the entanglements in the life of Judge Richard Kornitzer as he returns home from exile. He is steeped in and shattered by his belief in justice and the rule of law when he loses the battle to restore his dignity in the confines of post-war Germany. The novel’s language oscillates between narrative, documentary, essay and analysis. At times poetic, at others laconic, Krechel precisely depicts her image of the early German Federal Republic – from its architecture and ways of life, right up to the contradictions of family psychology. Landgericht is a moving, politically acute novel that makes an admirably cool and modern impression,” the prize jury said in explaining its decision.
Read more about the prize and the other contenders at http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/P__Wash/2012/10/08-BookPrize.html