Christian Haller in his front room. Christian Haller has been awarded the 2023 Swiss Ebook Prize for his novel, “Sich lichtende Nebel” (Clearing the fog). © Keystone / Georgios Kefalas

Christian Haller has been awarded the 2023 Swiss Ebook Prize for his novel, “Sich lichtende Nebel” (Clearing the fog). The prize was awarded on Sunday within the lobby of the Basel Theatre as a part of the Buch Basel (Basel e book) literary pageant.

This content material was revealed on November 19, 2023 – 13:25


Christian Haller’s novel Sich lichtende Nebel tells the story in regards to the protagonist, Werner Heisenberg, and a bodily downside that when solved, results in the uncertainty precept which is later named after him.

Within the spring of 1925 in Copenhagen, a person observes how one other man walks by way of the stream of sunshine from a lantern at evening after which disappears into the darkness and reappears within the subsequent stream of sunshine. He instantly forgets this remark till it comes again to him weeks later and helps him to discover a resolution to a bodily downside.

The person within the gentle is Helstedt, a retired historian and the authors creation. Helstedt often experiences worrying states wherein he perceives himself and his atmosphere as pure, shimmering power.

The novel alternates between Heisenberg and Helstedt and makes use of them characters to show how blurred our notion of the world actually is. The physics downside is vividly visualised. Haller cancels out one character with the opposite which testifies to his twin fascination with scientific remark and literary writing.

Heisenberg’s uncertainty precept states that an noticed object is modified by the remark itself, i.e. that objectivity is just not attainable. Literature and physics are hardly ever as shut as they’re on this novel. Christian Haller captures this closeness in an especially interesting and intelligent approach.

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The jury emphasised the “readability, magnificence and ease” of the story Sich lichtende Nebel. The 80-year-old Haller’s work beat off competitors from his youthful colleague Sarah Elena Müller and his equally youthful fellow nominees Demian Lienhard, Matthias Zschokke and Adam Schwarz.

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The Swiss Ebook Prize was established in 2008 and is awarded completely to German-language Swiss literature. The primary prize winner is awarded CHF30,000 ($3,3868). Earlier prize winners embrace Kim de l’Horizon, with the novel Blutbuch (Blood Ebook) in 2022, Martina Clavadetscher, Die Erfindung des Ungehorsams (The Invention of Disobedience) in 2021, and Anna Stern, das alles hier, jetzt (all this right here, now) in 2022.

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