Georg-Büchner-Preis

The Georg Büchner Prize was first established during the Weimar Republic by the State of Hesse. Its purpose was to recognise writers, artists, actors and singers. It was first awarded in 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the new Büchner Prize has been awarded annually by the German Academy for Language and Literature. According to the charter of the Academy, it is given to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German culture.«
The prize is awarded at a ceremony held during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt.
The prize currently comes with an award of €50,000.

Awardees

Rainald Goetz

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Writer
Born 24/5/1954

Georg-Büchner-Preis 2015
Laudatory Address by Jürgen Kaube
Acceptance Speech by Rainald Goetz
Diploma

... der sich mit einzigartiger Intensität zum Chronisten der Gegenwart und ihrer Kultur gemacht hat. Er hat sie beschrieben, zur Anschauung gebracht und zu Wort kommen lassen, er hat sie gefeiert und verdammt und mit den Mitteln der Theorie analysiert.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Präsident Heinrich Detering
Aris Fioretos, László Földényi, Michael Hagner, Felicitas Hoppe, Wolfgang Klein, Per Øhrgaard, Ilma Rakusa, Gustav Seibt, Nike Wagner, außerdem Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Stefan Schmitt-Hüttebräuker (von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien), Günter Schmitteckert (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst)