Slovenian Writer Aleš Šteger Won the Horst Benecke Award

Writer, translator and critic Aleš Šteger won the Horst Benecke award, since he, according to the jury, was “one of the most important and original poets” of his country, who acted as an “ambassador of poetry around the world.”

The jury noted Aleš Šteger (1973), who studied comparative literature and German philology in Ljubljana, as the most successful Slovenian authors of his generation. He is currently the author of five books of poetry and several prose works. A member of the Berlin Academy of Arts from 2014.

He translates from German, English and Spanish, including the works by Gottfried Benn, Pert Huchel and Ingeborg Bachmann. In the spring of 2016, the German translation of his first novel “Forgive Me” (“Odpusti”) was published, the German version of which is called “Archiv der toten Seelen” (“The Archive of a Dead Soul”). He was honoured with several awards and prizes for his works.

German Screen Version of the Aleš Šteger’s Work

Aleš Šteger has also written a script for the new film “Brezmejno” (“Boundlessly”) by Peter Zach. This is a film-essay about a trip passing along the borders of the Central Europe and about local residents. The premiere screening of this film was held at the Mannheim-Heidelber international film festival last week. On 23 November, its premiere will take place at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. This will be followed by an interview with Peter Zach and Aleš Šteger as well as the concert of the Slovenian Brina band.

Since 1991, the Horst Benecke Award has been presented by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts for the entire collection of poetry. The prize fund is 10,000 euros. Some of the winners were Wulf Kirsten, Philippe Jaccottet and Friederike Mayröcker. The award is named in honour of the German writer Horst Benecke, who died in 1990. This year, Margitt Leberg will receive the fund prize.

The award ceremony will be held on 7 December in the premises of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.