Blutbuch Kim de l'Horizon

DuMont, 2022
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  • , Fiction
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Judith Habermas, DuMont
judith.habermas@dumont.de

With tremendous creative energy, the non-binary narrator of Kim de l’Horizon’s novel ‘Blutbuch’ searches for a language of their own.

German Book Prize 2022 jury

A debut which would be hard to surpass […] A book of superpowers, of superheroines. It comes with a saving grace. […] This debut could move people like the great confessional texts by Édouard Louis, Annie Ernaux, Daniel Schreiber or Hanya Yanagihara.

— The Jury of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation Literature Prize

A book that reads as though it were written on a matryoshka: Again and again, a narrative layer falls away, is viewed from all sides
and reveals the next, and for each Kim de l’Horizon finds an individual tone.

— Elena Witzeck, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

Blutbuch Kim de l'Horizon

DuMont, 2022
  • Book
  • , Fiction
Sample of "Blutbuch"

Rights Information

Judith Habermas, DuMont
judith.habermas@dumont.de

Winner of the German Book Prize 2022

Jürgen Ponto Foundation Literature Prize 2022

Shortlisted for the Swiss Book Prize 2022

The book’s unnamed, gender-fluid protagonist is prompted by their grandmother’s slide into dementia to investigate their family history. The more their grandmother forgets, the more the narrator tries to remember: what was it in their childhood that prompted them to feel so alienated from their body? At the heart of it all is the question of self-determination: how to exist when your own body is never a given, but instead constantly having to be negotiated.

Singular in style and form, Blutbuch deals with our intangible heritage, the things we carry without being asked: stories, genders, identities, trauma, languages, class affiliations. Kim de l’Horizon searches for other kinds of knowledge and traditions, other stories and ways of becoming.

About the Author

Kim de l’Horizon, born in 1992 in Switzerland, studied German, film and theatre studies in Zurich and literary writing in Biel. They are currently completing a Master’s in Transdisciplinarism at ZHkD. Kim has won the 2022 German Book Prize and Jürgen Ponto Foundation Literature Prize for ‘Blutbuch’, which has also been shortlisted for the Swiss Book Prize.

With tremendous creative energy, the non-binary narrator of Kim de l’Horizon’s novel ‘Blutbuch’ searches for a language of their own.

German Book Prize 2022 jury

A debut which would be hard to surpass […] A book of superpowers, of superheroines. It comes with a saving grace. […] This debut could move people like the great confessional texts by Édouard Louis, Annie Ernaux, Daniel Schreiber or Hanya Yanagihara.

— The Jury of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation Literature Prize

A book that reads as though it were written on a matryoshka: Again and again, a narrative layer falls away, is viewed from all sides
and reveals the next, and for each Kim de l’Horizon finds an individual tone.

— Elena Witzeck, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG