British-Ghanaian writer, Sharon Dodua Otoo has won the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her German short story "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich bin".The book "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich bin", which loosely translates into "Mr. Gröttrup sits down" was written from the perspective of a breakfast egg is the first short story from Ms. Otoo.
The Ghanaian-British writer, who lives in Berlin, won the €25,000 prize also known as the German-language fiction award for the book which has been described as "incredible" by critics.
The jury described the book as fascinating, for its satirical perspective of a German couple and their breakfast ritual.
“You have this British author telling the story of a forgotten chapter of German history – I think that’s incredible,” critic Sandra Kegel, who had nominated Dodua Otoo for the competition told newsmen.
A review in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described the prize-winning story as “the kind of work of literature that you have to go searching for because it hardly knows how sought after it is”.
Otoo, who describes herself as “a Black British mother, activist, author, and editor,” has published two novellas and has written several short stories.
Since winning the €25,000 prize, Dodua Otoo has been swamped with offers from German publishing houses and literary agents.
She is determined to take the opportunity to turn the short story into a novel. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity”, she told Guardian UK.