Slovenian writer Goran Vojnovic received the Angelus Central European Literary Prize on Saturday. He was awarded for the novel “My Yugoslavia”. The gala was held in Wrocław, and the Wrocław Silesius Poetry Award was presented.
The jury qualified seven titles out of 105 entries for the final stage of the Angelus Award. In addition to “My Yugoslavia”, the finale includes the following novels: “Płuczki. Seekers of Jewish gold” by Paweł Reszka, “Stramer” by Mikołaj Łoziński, “Granica. On the Edge of Europe” Kapka Kassabova from Bulgaria, “Kronos Children” by Russian prose Sergei Lebedev, “Zapomnienie “Tani Malarczuk and” Internat “by Serheja Zhadan (both from Ukraine).
The chairman of the jury, Mykoła Riabczuk, emphasized that the books that made it to the final of the award are “very Central European”. – Each of them has a history that continues. A very painful story. As a last resort, we argued over two books – both about war. Four to three was won by Goran Vojnovic – said Ryabchuk. The Slovenian writer did not collect the award in person, but followed the gala by connecting with its participants via the Internet.
Since 2014, Natalia Gorbaniewska, a Russian poet and journalist who was the first chairman of the Angelus jury, has been awarded a prize in her name. It is an honorary distinction of one of the seven final books selected by the readers. This year it was awarded to Sergei Lebedev for “Children of Kronos”. For the first time, this award is accompanied by an artistic scholarship for a three-month-residency in Wrocław.
Joanna Pomorska, the translator, who translated Vojnovic’s novel, was also awarded – she received 20,000 zlotys.
Angelus is an award for writers from Central Europe who take up in their works the most important topics for the present day. The prize of PLN 150,000 is awarded for the best prose book published in Polish in the previous year.
The winner of last year’s award was the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinow, who was awarded for the novel “The Physics of Sorrow”.
The Angelus Central European Literary Prize was awarded for the fifteenth time – it was presented on Saturday evening during a gala at the Capitol Music Theater in Wrocław. Due to the epidemic, the ceremony took place without the participation of the public.
During the gala, the Wrocław Silesius Poetry Award was also presented. It was received by: Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki for lifetime achievement (PLN 100,000), Konrad Góra for the book of the year (PLN 50,000) and Jakub Pszoniak for the debut of the year (PLN 20,000). The prizes were presented by the Mayor of Wrocław, Jacek Sutryk.
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