The writer Georges Hausemer has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Batty Weber Prize for literature. The prize-giving ceremony for this prestigious national award was held on 23 October at the National Literature Centre (CNL) in Mersch. The judging panel, chaired by CNL Director Claude D. Conter, chose Georges Hausemer as laureate of the 2017 award for his wide-ranging literary output and especially his extensive travel writings.
A multi-faceted author
Georges Hausemer has written stories, poetry, novels and essays and worked as a translator, blogger, photographer and columnist. He is an accomplished all-round author whose work crosses boundaries, reaching diverse audiences and earning him an impressive national and international reputation. The panel for the Batty Weber Prize emphasised the varied, multi-faceted nature of the author's work.
Georges Hausemer, born in 1957 in Differdange, has made his name as a travel writer for leading foreign press outlets. He has also written popular young adult and science fiction titles. He is particularly well known for his travel writings, characterised by numerous anecdotes, interviews and personal impressions. His books include the travel guide Luxemburg, das einzigartigste Großherzogtum der Welt, (Luxembourg, the most extraordinary Grand Duchy in the world), published in 2017, and Mit dem Großherzog am Mittagstisch (At the dinner table with the Grand Duke).
A clear verdict from the panel
In his address at the ceremony, Guy Arendt, Luxembourg State Secretary for Culture, praised the panel for its choice and emphasised Georges Hausemer's commitment to national literature and his tireless efforts to promote the profession of writing in Luxembourg. "It was above all his exemplary commitment to the Luxembourg literary scene that convinced the panel," added Guy Arendt.
The €10,000 Batty Weber Prize has been awarded every three years since 1987 to a writer from Luxembourg for his or her entire body of work. The prize was set up as a tribute to Batty Weber, a literary figure who had a huge influence on culture in Luxembourg from 1900 until his death in 1940.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)