Mirna Funk was awarded the 2015 Uwe Johnson Prize for Emerging Writers.

The judges wrote:

“Mirna Funk’s first novel is a text that (…) confronts ‘simple truths.’ One realizes that an author is at work here for whom writing is something like a ‘truth-finding process.’ It is similar to Uwe Johnson’s work on memory and the Shoah. The characters come face to face with guilt and betrayal.

Mirna Funk uses documentary material, integrating authentic facts into her fiction. Her aim is to look at a matter with all its edges and corners and see how they are interrelated. Just as Gesine Cresspahl says in Johnson’s Anniversaries. (…)

Mirna Funk raises a number of questions about the characters in her novel, which might well have gained Uwe Johnson’s approval: What has brought us to the current situation and in what way are we dependent on the course of time? Do we want to live this way, and why not?

Mirna Funk also adds a global perspective with her novel, telling us about latent anti-Semitism in Europe, playing out controversies, yet maintaining narrative consistency. And not least, her novel fascinates readers through what could be called sensual narration. That makes her different from Uwe Johnson.”