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Nobel winner an also-ran

October 13, 2009|Bloomberg News

Herta Muller won the Nobel Prize for literature last week but finished as a runner-up Monday for the 2009 German Book Prize, which went instead to Kathrin Schmidt for her novel "Du Stirbst Nicht" (You're Not Going to Die).

Schmidt, 51, won $37,000 and Germany's most prestigious literary award, granted each year before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair by the Borsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the national publishing industry's trade association.

Her novel was chosen over five other finalists, including Muller for her latest novel, "Atemschaukel" (Everything I Own I Carry With Me).

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