In 1970, when there were no praise and thank-you speeches for the smaller academy prizes, the physicist Werner Heisenberg, who had just been awarded the Sigmund Freud Prize for scientific prose, grabbed the microphone standing in front of him and improvised. Image: Isolde Ohlbaum/Laif, Pit Ludwig/German Academy,
On November 4th, Lutz Seiler will receive the Büchner Prize in Darmstadt. The award has been around for 100 years and has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Poetry since 1951.
The winner is pleased with fifty thousand euros in prize money. But awards like the Büchner Prize also mean something to their donors. The People’s State of Hesse, for example, which wanted to promote art and science in 1923 and invented the Büchner Prize for this purpose. That was 100 years ago.
This year the award, which has long since been awarded by the state of Hesse but by the German Academy for Language and Poetry, goes to the poet and writer Lutz Seiler. It will be presented to him on November 4th in the State Theater. Seiler stood on the stage of the Great House on October 25, 2014 as a laudatory speaker for his predecessor Jürgen Becker, almost three weeks after he was awarded the German Book Prize for his novel “Kruso” in the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurter Römer.
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