Thomas Mann Prize

Thomas Mann Award Ceremony on June 6, 2021

The awarding of the Thomas Mann Prize of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts to the writer Nora Bossong will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the Theater Lübeck.
The award ceremony, originally planned for November 12, 2020, had been canceled due to corona and will now be made up with a limited audience as part of the Model Project Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Remaining tickets for the event are still available until today, June 3, 12 noon, by mail at

All those who cannot be there are recommended to watch the recording of a reading by Nora Bossong, which will be recorded at the Behnhaus at the end of June and will be available on the Buddenbrookhaus website from July 1, 2021.

(c) Heike Steinweg SV

Nora Bossong (born 1982) is one of the most versatile German-language authors of the present day: since her 2006 debut Gegend, a laconic, abysmal family novel, she has published four novels in addition to several volumes of poetry and essays that take us into painfully relevant problem areas of our present day - and at the same time are distinguished by great linguistic virtuosity. In the corporate and family novel Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (2012), she casually brushes Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks against the grain. Schutzzone, her latest novel from 2019, revolves between the settings of Burundi, Geneva, and The Hague around the question of what the UN can do at all-and what it does.

The Thomas Mann Prize of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts has been awarded in alternating years in Lübeck and Munich since 2010 and is endowed with 25,000 euros. Members of the jury are Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Marx (spokesman of the jury), Michael Krüger, Dr. Birte Lipinski, Martin Mosebach, Georg M. Oswald, Gabriele Schopenhauer and Prof. Dr. Hans Wißkirchen.