In the fall of 2009 Kathrin Schmidt found herself in the limelight when she was awarded the prestigious German Book Prize for her novel Du stirbst nicht (You Are Not Going to Die). This prose text, according to the judges an “individual tale of a return from the brink of death [that] is positioned both unobtrusively and with great skill in the echo chamber of the historical-political era of change” differs significantly from Schmidt’s earlier writing (“Preisträger 2009”). Du stirbst nicht, designated the best German-language novel in the year 2009, is stylistically much less challenging than its predecessors, which—just like Schmidt’s short stories—possess a distinctive writing style that evokes magic …

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Citation: Klocke, Sonja. "Kathrin Schmidt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2014 [, accessed 04 October 2023.]

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