In 2021, the German Book Prize goes to a sophisticated and dedicated writer: Antje Rávik Strubel’s novel “Blaue Frau” (Blue Woman) was named best novel of the year.
On Monday evening, the writer and translator Antje Rávik Strubel was awarded the German Book Prize. She received the award for the year’s best novel for Blaue Frau (Blue Woman), the story of a woman who, after being raped, has to regain her ability to think and speak. To do so, she retreats to a block of flats in Helsinki on the northern edge of Europe. From there, the narrative feels its way back to the experiences Adina, from the Czech Republic, had as a student and intern in Berlin and in a holiday resort in the Uckermark region. In many of the people she encounters, her Eastern European origins trigger images rather than genuine human interest.