Audio book with Jonathan Stockhammer wins literary prize
We, which is based on Jewgenij Samjatin’s novel from 1920 and produced in collaboration with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Stockhammer’s direction, has been awarded the Deutscher Hörbuchpreis.
The jury said of its decision, “With Raphael D. Thöne’s composition for the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the audio version of Jewgenij Samjatin’s dystopian novel We directed by Christopoh Kalkowski acquires the acoustic quality of an epic Soviet film. It went on to say, “We generates a current on multiple levels at once that captivates the listener and the production lingers long after it is over. Bombastic and cautious, beguiling and sobering. Perfect audio cinema!”
Samjatin’s work is thought to have shaped two of the most well-known novels of the 20th century: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984.
The Deutscher Hörbuchpreis is one of the most important awards for audio books and plays in Germany. The prize-giving will take place on 8 March during the opening ceremony of the literature festival Lit.COLOGNE.