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LiBeraturpreis 2019

And the winner is: Mercedes Rosende receives LiBeraturpreis 2019

This year’s most popular book by a female writer from the Global South comes from Uruguay

Mercedes Rosende receives the 2019 LiBeraturpreis for her crime novel “El Miserere de los Cocodrilos“ (German: “Krokodilstränen”, published by Unionsverlag and translated by Peter Kultzen). She won the public online voting which was held between June 5th and June 16th. The award is endowed with 3.000 Euros. In addition, YogiTea will provide financial support to help Rosende implement a literary project for women or girls in Uruguay. The award ceremony will be held during Frankfurter Buchmesse in October. 

All events with Mercedes Rosende (in German)

“El Miserere des los Cocodrilos” is about a gang of hapless small-time criminals who try to rob a cash transport in Montevideo. Mercedes Rosende is already known to Frankfurt’s audience as she was a guest at our literary festival “Litprom Literaturtage – Global Crime” in January 2019.   


Mercedes Rosende was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1958. She studied law and policy of integration. Besides writing, she also works as a journalist and lawyer. She received several awards for her novels and stories. Mercedes Rosende lives in Montevideo.

You can find all nominees of 2019 here and more information about the award here.