Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and Jeroen Brouwers are two of the six contenders at the Libris Literature Prize 2021. Eminence grise of Dutch literature Jeroen Brouwers can win €50,000 for the winner with his novel Client E. Busken.
Other shortlisted candidates are Simone Atangana Bekono with her book Confrontations, Gerda Bleed met Wie are licht and Erwin Mortier with De immaculate. Merijn de Boer, who impressed last year with his entertaining novel The Saamhorigheidsgroep was also selected by jury, led by PVDA livelier Lilianne Ploumen.
What all these books have in common is that according to the jury report, they tell stories with “a look of their own, a soul, a voice and sometimes polyphony, they are stories of writers who know what they do, what they do to readers, or investigate.” Ploumen and her fellow judges did not want to get away from chatting, so they write: we preferred to be shocked.
The six nominees, each of whom will be rewarded with €2500, have been chosen from no less than 210 novels submitted. Thanks to the lockdown, the jury had more than ever more opportunity to read at home. “We were not bored, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and rolled from one surprise to another. Thats how the lockdown became really intelligent.”
On Monday 10 May the winner will be announced. This is traditionally done at Amstel Hotel Amstel and the ceremony will be broadcast live at Nieuwsuur on NPO2.