Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Bestseller 2022: Switzerland is strongly represented

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In the novel “Blood Book” Kim de l’Horizon arouses interest in the world of a person who defines himself neither as a man nor as a woman. Customers in the Swiss book trade bought the book so frequently that it took second place on the 2022 bestseller list. (archive image)

Kim de l’Horizon was on everyone’s lips in 2022. “Blutbuch”, the debut of Kim de l’Horizon from Bern, was published by the German publisher Dumont in mid-July; Almost at the same time, the German Jürgen Ponto Foundation announced that the novel would be awarded the foundation’s literary prize. In October he received the German and in November the Swiss Book Prize.

With these successes, Kim de l’Horizon has become an important voice for people who define themselves as gender fluid and nonbinary, which is now reflected in the sales of the novel. In the autofictional, linguistically idiosyncratic «Blood Book», the narrator Kim, like Kim de l’Horizon himself, identifies himself neither as a man nor as a woman. It is therefore not surprising at first glance that the much-discussed work has now made it to second place in the annual bestseller list, which the Swiss Association of Booksellers and Publishers (SBVV) presents at the turn of the year.

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