The Swiss Schiller Foundation wrote in a press release on Thursday that Hug’s novel is convincing due to its originality, its bold construction and the responsible and imaginative handling of social issues.
In “Tiefenlage” five people from East and West join forces to preserve the knowledge about the nuclear dangers. The idea, the writer told the Keystone-SDA news agency when the book was published (2021), came to her during a visit to the Mont Terri rock laboratory in the Jura.
A guide explained that the technical issues were more or less resolved. However, the problem of memory is still open, he said, and brought up the idea of a monastery as a repository of knowledge. “I couldn’t get out of my head that a religious institution came up as a saving idea,” said the writer.
Annette Hug studied history and “Woman and Development Studies”, worked as a lecturer and union secretary and has been a freelance author in Zurich since 2015. “Tiefenlager” is her fourth book. She also wrote «Wilhelm Tell in Manila», for which she received the Swiss Literature Prize from the Federal Office of Culture in 2017, as well as reports and columns.
The ZKB Schiller Prize, worth CHF 10,000, is awarded annually by the Zürcher Kantonalbank on the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Schiller Foundation. Authors living in Zurich are honored for works of outstanding literary quality. The award ceremony will take place on June 3rd.