06/03/2022 | Penguin

Klopstock Prize 2022 goes to Matthias Jügler


Our author Matthias Jügler has been awarded this year's Klopstock Prize of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

From the jury's statement: "Matthias Jügler knows how to narrate an atmosphere in an ambiguous way that testifies to an in-between: between child and man, alone and lonely, held and in free fall, system and periphery. Representing several generations, he exposes his characters to their respective abandonment in his current novel [The Forsaken]. Matthias Jügler proves to be a special East German voice in the chorus of contemporary literature".


The Forsaken

Matthias Jügler

The prize is endowed with 12,000 € and is the state’s most prestigious award in the field of literature. It is awarded for a German-language work published in the last four years or for an overall achievement of literary merit. The award ceremony will take place on 6 September 2022 in the World Heritage City of Quedlinburg.

Previous winners have been Ann Cotten (2015), Uwe Kolbe (2016), Thomas Melle (2017), Marion Poschmann (2018), Alexander Kluge (2019), Clemens Meyer (2020) and Annett Gröschner (2021).

Jügler’s second novel The Forsaken (Die Verlassenen) was published by Penguin in 2021 and received great critical acclaim.

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