Georg-Büchner-Preis

Established by the then People's State of Hesse to recognise poets, artists, actors and singers, the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« was first awarded on 11 August 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the »Büchner-Preis« has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature. It is granted to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.« (Academy charter)
The »Georg-Büchner-Preis« is awarded annually during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The prize comes with a €50,000 award.

Awardees

Botho Strauß

Botho Strauß

Writer
Born 2/12/1944

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1989
Laudatory Address by Luc Bondy
Acceptance Speech by Botho Strauß
Diploma

Als unbeirrbarer Einzelgänger enthüllt er unser Dasein als menschliche Komödie, aus der die Trauer nicht weicht.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Herbert Heckmann
Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Herman Dieter Betz (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst), Walter Helmut Fritz, Hans-Martin Gauger, Hartmut von Hentig, Georg Hensel, Ivan Nagel, Lea Ritter-Santini, Guntram Vesper, Peter Wapnewski, Hans Wollschläger