Georg Büchner Award
Danger, Construction Site
Wilhelm Genazino is undoubtedly one of the most eminent of contemporary German writers, and was so even before being awarded the illustrious Georg Büchner Award. Previous award-winners include Gottfried Benn, Uwe Johnson, Max Frisch, Paul Celan and Heinrich Böll.
Wilhelm Genazino is a clever and astute observer and like none other his literature has accompanied the intellectual and economic life of (post) modern Germany, his writing characterised by criticism, fine irony and a tremendous sense of paradox.
»Wilhelm Genazino depicts German reality frighteningly well.«