Swiss writer Kim de l’Horizon shaved their head on stage after profitable the distinguished German Guide Prize on Monday, in a present of solidarity with the ladies protesting in Iran. “This award isn’t just for me,” the writer, who identifies as non-binary, informed the viewers on the award ceremony in Frankfurt. “I feel the jury selected this textual content additionally to ship a sign in opposition to hatred, for love and for the struggle of all these people who find themselves being suppressed due to their our bodies,” they stated.
After being introduced because the winner for his or her debut novel “Blutbuch” (Blood e-book), the moustachioed writer took to the stage and sang a tune, earlier than utilizing an electrical razor to shave off their hair on the rostrum. The jury stated it had been “impressed” by the novel. “With super artistic vitality, the non-binary narrator of Kim de l’Horizon’s novel… searches for a language of their very own,” the jury stated.
The German Guide Prize honors the very best German-language novel of the 12 months and comes with a 25,000 euro prize ($24,600). The award ceremony historically precedes the beginning of the Frankfurt e-book truthful, the world’s largest, which is able to run from Wednesday till Sunday. Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s demise final month, days after she was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating Iran’s strict gown code for ladies.-AFP