en European Union Prize for Literature News from the European Union Prize for Literature Tue, 21 May 2019 09:54:35 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/ Announcement of EUPL 2019 winners Tue, 21 May 2019 09:39:42 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190521/eupl2019announcement http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190521/eupl2019announcement Tomorrow 22/05 at the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, EUPL will be conducting a private event announcing the 14 winners of EUPL 2019. From 19:00, we will be going live via our Facebook page so you can follow the proceedings from home. We will also be tweeting live as each winner is announced so make sure you follow us on twitter

This is one of the most important moments of the year for us and we could not be more excited to share the new winners with the world. This year we will have winners from Austria, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Amongst these, we are proud and delighted to welcome two new participating countries: Georgia and Ukraine.

A press relase will be made available at 20:30 on 22/05 with the details of the winners. See here for the shortlist. 

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EUPL at Bogladen ved Søerne / Copenhagen, Denmark Mon, 13 May 2019 08:44:36 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190514/euplcopenhagen http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190514/euplcopenhagen On Tuesday 28/05, from 4pm, in the heart of Copenhagen, at Bogladen ved Søerne, EUPL laureates Kristian Bang Foss (DK), Meelis Friedenthal (EE), and Riku Korhonen (FI) will discuss their lives as authors and the impact that translation has had on their literary prominence in the wake of winning the EUPL.

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EUPL at Librería La Buena Vida / Madrid, Spain Tue, 07 May 2019 08:23:47 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190506/euplatmadrid http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190506/euplatmadrid On Thursday 09/05, from 7pm, in the heart of Madrid, at Librería La Buena Vida — Café Del Libro, EUPL laureates Luka Bekavac (HR), Raquel Martínez-Gómez (ES), and Undinė Radzevičiūtė (LT) will discuss their lives as authors and the impact that translation has had on their literary prominence in the wake of winning the EUPL.

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EUPL 2019 shortlisted candidates Mon, 29 Apr 2019 15:18:24 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190502/shortlistedcandidates http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190502/shortlistedcandidates EU Prize for Literature

EWC, EIBF and FEP coordinate the jury organisation and selection procedures in the participating countries. Jury members are appointed by EIBF, EWC and FEP Members.

In 2019, EWC coordinated the organisation of the juries of Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, EIBF those of France, Italy, Ukraine and UK and FEP those of Austria, Georgia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.  

EUPL 2019*

  1. Austria

Jury members:

  • Alexander Potyka
  • Karl Pus
  • Carolina Schutti
  • Brigitte Schwens-Harrant
  • Nathalie Rouanet

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Laura Freudenthaler, Geistergeschichte, Graz: Droschl, 2019
  • Wolfgang Popp, Die Ahnungslosen, Wien: Edition Atelier, 2018
  • Verena Mermer, Autobus Ultima Speranza, Salzburg: Residenz, 2018
  • Günter Wels (Günter Kaindlstorfer), Edelweiß, Wien: Czernin, 2018
  • Hanna Sukare, Schwedenreiter, Salzburg: Otto Müller Verlag, 2018

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  1. Finland

Jury members:

  • Ville Rauvola
  • Sinikka Vuola
  • Malin Kivelä
  • Aki Järvinen
  • Anne Mäntynen

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Mia Franck, Bombträdgård / Pommipuutarha, Helsinki: Förlaget; Teos, 2018
  • Heikki Kännö, Sömnö, Turku: Sammakko, 2018
  • Piia Leino, Taivas, Helsinki: S&S, 2018
  • Eeva Rohas, Raivo, Helsinki: Otava, 2018

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  1. France

Jury members:

  • Stephen Carrière
  • Éric Lafraise
  • Stanislas Rigot
  • Gaëlle Josse
  • Marianne Payot

Shortlisted candidates :

  • Sophie Daull, Au grand lavoir, Paris: Philippe Rey, 2018
  • Jérémy Fel, Helena, Paris: Rivages, 2018
  • Paul Greveillac, Maîtres et esclaves, Paris: Gallimard, 2018
  • Pascal Manoukian, Le paradoxe d’Anderson, Paris: Le Seuil, 2018

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  1. Georgia

Jury members :

  • Natalia Lomouri
  • Tinatin Beriasvhili
  • Medea Metreveli
  • Paata Shamugia
  • David Barbakadze

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Beka Adamashvili, ამ რომანში ყველა კვდება, Tbilisi: Sulakauri Publishing, 2018
  • Luka Bakanidze, სად ხარ, ლაზარე, Tbilisi: Palitra L Publishing, 2018
  • Iva Pezuashvili, ფსკერის სახარება, Tbilisi: Intelekti Publishing, 2018

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  1. Greece

Jury members:

  • Liana Sakelliou
  • Erasmia Louisa Stavropoulou
  • Makis Tsitas
  • Athina Sokolis

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Dimitris Grapsas, I ginaika tou proinou trenou, Athens: Kastaniotis, 2018
  • Nikos Hryssos, Kenourgia Mera, Athens: Kastaniotis, 2018
  • Agis Petalas, Is tin Psyhin Elpida, Athens: Estia, 2018

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  1. Hungary

Jury members :

  • Endre Szkarosi
  • Sarolta Deczki
  • David Szollat
  • Jozsef P. Korossi
  • Joelle Dufeuilly

Shortlisted candidates :

  • Réka Mán-Várhegyi, Mágneshegy, Budapest: Magvető, 2018
  • Róbert Milbacher, Léleknyavalyák, avagy az öngyilkolás és egyéb elveszejtő szerek természetéről, Budapest: Magvető, 2018
  • László Szilasi, Luther kutyái, Budapest: Magvető, 2018

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  1. Ireland

Jury members :

  • Conor Kostick
  • Sinéad Mac Aodh
  • Sorcha De Brún
  • Ronan Colgan
  • Nessa O'Mahony

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Niamh Boyce, Her Kind, Dublin: Penguin Ireland, 2019
  • Jan Carson, The Fire Starters, London: Transworld, 2019
  • Rosemary Jenkinson, Catholic Boy, Galway: Connemara, 2019
  • Bernie McGill, The Watchhouse, London: Tinder Press, 2017

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  1. Italy

Jury members:

  • Barbara Hoepli
  • Annamaria Malato
  • Alessia Rastelli
  • Anna Rottensteiner

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Desy Icardi, L’annusatrice di libri, Roma: Fazi Editore, 2019
  • Giovanni Dozzini, E Baboucar guidava la fila, Roma: Minimum Fax, 2018
  • Raffaele Riba, La custodia dei cieli profondi, Roma: 66thand2nd, 2018
  • Stefano Zangrando, Fratello minore. Sorte, amori e pagine di Peter B., Cagliari: Arkadia Editore, 2018

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  1. Lithuania

Jury members:

  • Daiva Tamošaitytė
  • Rūta Elijošaitytė
  • Audinga Peluritytė-Tikuišienė
  • Laimantas Jonušys
  • Marielle Vitureau

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Daina Opolskaitė, Dienų piramidės, Vilnius: Tyto alba, 2019
  • Mindaugas Jonas Urbonas, Šimtmečių melancholija, Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2017
  • Gabija Grušaitė, Stasys Šaltoka: vieneri metai, Vilnius: LAPAS, 2017

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  1. Poland

Jury members:

  • Anna Nasilowska
  • Bernadeta Darska
  • Wojciech Nowicki
  • Grzegorz Jankowicz
  • Maria Krześlak-Kandziora

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Anna Cieplak, Lekki bagaż, Kraków: Znak - Litera nova, 2019
  • Marta Dzido, Frajda, Kraków: Korporacja Ha!art, 2018
  • Jarosław Maślanek, Góra miłości, Warszawa: W.A.B. 2018

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  1. Romania

Jury members who selected the shortlisted candidates:

  • Liviu Papadima
  • Razvan Voncu
  • Oana Doboşi-Potcoavă
  • Angelo Mitchievici
  • Daniel Cristea-Enache

Jury members who selected the winning author:

  • Ioana Pârvulescu
  • Răzvan Rădulescu
  • Claudiu M. Florian

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Augustin Cupșa, Așa să crească iarba pe noi, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2017
  • Tudor Ganea, Porci, Iași: Polirom, 2018
  • Alina Pavelescu, Sindromul Stavroghin, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2019
  • Tatiana Țibuleac, Grădina de sticlă, Chișinău: Cartier, 2018
  • Bogdan Alexandru Stănescu, Copilăria lui Kaspar Hauser, Iași: Polirom, 2017

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  1. Slovakia

Jury members:

  • Vladimír Barborík
  • Radoslav Passia
  • Peter Šulej
  • Miroslava Vallová

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Ivana Dobrakovová, Matky a kamionisti, Bratislava: Marenčin PT, 2018
  • Richard Pupala, Čierny zošit, Bratislava: Marenčin PT, 2017
  • Mária Modrovich, Flashback, Bratislava: Drewo a srd, 2017

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  1. Ukraine

Jury members:

  • Andriy Kurkov
  • Oleksandra Koval
  • Ola Hnatiuk
  • Ostap Slyvynsky
  • Iryna Slavinska­­

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Victoria Amelina, За спиною, Lviv: Видавництво Старого Лева, 2017
  • Markiyan Kamysh,Чормет, Kiev: Nora-Druk publishers, 2017
  • Haska Shyyan, За спиною, Kiev: Fabula 2019

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  1. United Kingdom

Jury members:

  • Sheila O’Reilly
  • Claire Malcolm
  • Sandeep Mahal
  • Toby Lichtig
  • Philip Jones

Shortlisted candidates:

  • Benjamin Wood, The Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, London: Simon & Schuster, 2018
  • Michael Hughes, Country, London: John Murray, 2018
  • Melissa Harrison, All Among The Barley, London: Bloomsbury, 2018

* The EUPL steering committee has agreed, upon verifying the active promotion in bookshops, that titles published earlier than 18 months before the date of the ceremony could be eligible.

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EUPL at Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá (FILbo) Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:25:32 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190501/euplatfilbo http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190501/euplatfilbo EUPL winners Dulce Maria Cardoso (Portugal), Afonso Cruz (Portugal) Raquel Martínez-Gómez (Spain) will participate in an event that explores the role of literature in Europe in the face of new political challenges. Today, Europe is mired in a debate about its future which is being drawn ever more towards  the political forefront in advance of the EU Parliamentary Elections in May. Rising populist movements question European values while new proposals emerge aiming to revitalize the European project. The event will thus explore such developments from a literary point of view. 

In addition to this above event, these three EUPL winners are featuring separately in a collective total of a dozen other literary events taking place across the festival’s programme. Download the attached PDF (in Spanish) for more information. 

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EUPL at Balkan Trafik festival / Bozar, Brussels Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:37:44 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190425/balkantrafik http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190425/balkantrafik On April 25th, at Brussels’ Bozar, from 8pm, EUPL winners Jelena Lengold (Serbia), Faruk Šehić (Bosnia) and Lada Žigo (Croatia) will join Slovenian author Suzana Tratnik for a literary discussion on whether and how the idea of being ‘formerly Yugoslavian’ affects their work. This event is part of the programme for Balkan Trafik 2019, a festival which for the past 12 years has highlighted the cultural richness and diversity of the Balkan nations as well as their relationship with Brussels.

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EUPL at Knjigarna Libris / Koper, Slovenia Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:22:19 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190424/euplkoper http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190424/euplkoper On Wednesday 24/04, from 7pm, in the coastal city of Koper, Slovenia at Knjigarna Libris, EUPL laureates Selja Ahava (FI), Lidija Dimkovska (MK) and Jasmin B. Frelih (SI) will discuss their lives as authors and the impact that translation has had on their literary prominence in the wake of winning the EUPL.

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EUPL at Paris Book Fair Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:37:12 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190315/euplparisbookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190315/euplparisbookfair EUPL winning authors will feature at various events at the Paris Book Fair, March 15th to 18th. All events will take place at the Europe Stage. 

March 15th

  • Ioana Pârvulescu will feature at 12:00pm at an event entitled UNE HEURE EN / ROUMANIE : DEPASSER LE PASSE : 30 ANS APRES LE RETOUR EN EUROPE

  • Magdalena Parys will feature at 14:00 at an event entitled LES BIBLIOTHÈQUES EUROPÉENNES : UN VOYAGE DANS L’EUROPE DES POLARS



March 16th

  • LA FABRIQUE DES HISTOIRES: AUTEURS ET BOOKTUBERS SE RENCONTRENT LORS D’UN PANEL-PERFORMANCE / 13:00

    The Creative Europe programme alongside EUPL present an event concentrating on European Stories. EUPL winners and social media content creators in the domain of literature will speak on what they do and who they are — on creativity and diversity.

    The event will feature Booktubers Tara Lennart and Bulledop, Instagrammer Bernadette Pivotte and EUPL winners Isabelle Wéry and Tiit Aleksejev. It will be hosted by author Frédéric Ciriez.

  • Kallia Papadaki will feature at 13:00 at an event entitled UNE HEURE EN / GRÈCE : RADIOGRAPHIE LITTÉRAIRE D’UNE CRISE

March 18th

  • Magdalena Parys will feature at 15:00 at an event entitled UNE HEURE EN / POLOGNE : COMMENT ÊTRE UN IMMIGRÉ EUROPÉEN EN EUROPE ?
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EUPL at London Book Fair Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:48:57 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190312/eupllondonbookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190312/eupllondonbookfair EUPL will be at the London Book Fair, taking place March 12-14, to hand out copies of the winning European Stories from 2018's short fiction competition commemorating the 10th anniversary of the EUPL. 

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Undinė Radzevičiūtė at Riga Book Fair Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:57:24 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190303/undineratrigabookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190303/undineratrigabookfair Undinė Radzevičiūtė, 2015's Lithuanian winner, will be appearing at the Riga Book Fair on March 3rd at 11am in support of a recent Latvian translation of her winning text Žuvys ir drakonai as well as of her recent publication Kraujas melynas. Both novels were translated into Latvian by Dace Meiere and were published respectively by Mansards and Janis Roze in 2019.

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Paavo Matsin at Riga Book Fair Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:13:58 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190302/paavamatsinatrigabookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190302/paavamatsinatrigabookfair Paavo Matsin, 2016's Estonian winner, will be appearing at the Riga Book Fair on March 2nd at 2pm in support of a recent Latvian translation of his winning text Gogoli disko. It was translated by Maima Grīnberga and published by Janis Roze in 2019. 

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Bianca Bellová at Riga Book Fair Mon, 25 Feb 2019 11:29:40 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190301/biancbellovaatrigabookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190301/biancbellovaatrigabookfair Bianca Bellová, 2017's Czech winner, will be appearing at the Riga Book Fair on March 1st at 1pm at the Writers' Lounge in support of a recent Latvian translation of her winning text Jezero. It was translated by Halina Lapina and published by Pētergailis in 2018. The event will be organised by Publishing House “Pētergailis”.

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Selected countries in 2019 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:43:30 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190227/selectedcountries2019 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190227/selectedcountries2019 The following countries have been selected to be recipients of the EUPL in 2019:

  • Austria
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
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Writing Residency in Okinawa for 4 EUPL winners Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:31:28 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190225/writingresidencyokinawa http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190225/writingresidencyokinawa Following their participation to the EU Literature festival in Tokyo (22-25 Nov. 2018) four European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) winning authors participated in a residency programme in Naha, Okinawa.

Organised by the EU delegation in Japan and EU Member States, the week-long event included the following authors:

  • Adam Foulds (EUPL Winner, 2011)
  • Lidija Dimkovska (EUPL Winner, 2013)
  • Jasmin B. Frelih (EUPL Winner, 2016)
  • Walid Nabhan (EUPL Winner, 2017)

The residency programme was the result of a partnership between DG EACthe Cultural Diplomacy platform and Cricao, leader of the Creative Europe project Colab Quarter. It gave the four authors the occasion to work outside their usual environments, and provided them with time to reflect and discover a new culture.

During the residency, authors explored the island of Okinawa –a place steeped in history unique culture, spirituality and rituals. The island is a strategic location, at the centre of many geopolitical issues – with American military bases housed in the territory, as well as North Korea and China in the vicinity. The integration of global and local, reflects the complexity of the contemporary world. Resilience was the theme of the residency.

The residency represented a unique, memorable and enlightening experience, one that no doubt will have a long-term impact on the authors’ life and work.

In the words of Lidija Dimkovska (EUPL Winner 2013), the experience was such that she has “a lot of materials and inspiration one day to write something concrete about my stay in Japan.”

20-minute documentary and interviews stemming from the residency are now available.

The EU and Japan launched a cultural policy dialogue in June 2018. The EUPL winners contribute in a concrete way to increased understanding between the two cultures.  

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Janis Jonevs at Vilnius Book Fair 2019 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190222/janisjonevsvilnius http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190222/janisjonevsvilnius This Friday February 22nd, 2014's Latvian EUPL winner Janis Jonevs will be appearing at the Vilnius Book Fair in support of his winning novel Jelgava '94 which has now been translated into 9 languages! Catch him there at 18:00.

Since its start in the year of 2000, the International Vilnius Book Fair is the biggest and most important book fair in the Baltic states. It gives a possibility to evaluate the whole publishing market of Lithuania and the neighbouring countries. At the same time it has become the well-known cultural event in Lithuania and the main annual meeting place of publishers, authors and readers that attracts more than 60.000 visitors. The Fair is visited by the stars of the literary and culture from all over the world. This year, the fair will celebrate its 20th anniversary. 

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Tiit Aleksejev and Ioana Pârvulescu at Brussels Book Fair Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:04:27 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190216/brusselsbookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190216/brusselsbookfair Two EUPL lauréates — Tiit Aleksejev (Estonia, 2010) and Ioana Pârvulescu (Estonia, 2013) — will reflect in front of industry professionals as well as members of the public on the European Union Prize for Literature itself, which for the past ten years has awarded emerging literary talents and highlighted the prolific and exuberant diversity in the output of literature across contemporary Europe.

The event will be followed by a cocktail reception offered by EUPL.

It will take place at the Brussels Book Fair at Place de l'Europe.

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Jean Back, Gast Groeber and Isabelle Wéry at Brussels Book Fair Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:57:14 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190215/brusselsbookfair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190215/brusselsbookfair Three EUPL Lauréats — Jean Back (Luxembourg, 2010), Gast Groeber (Luxembourg, 2016) and Isabelle Wéry (Belgium, 2013) — discuss the nature of the European Union's support for the book industry at large. They'll delve into how and to what extent the Creative Europe programme supports authors, publishers, booksellers and other industry professionals, and how the situation could develop moving forward.

The event will take place at the Brussels Book Fair at Place de L'Europe.

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Vienna celebrates European Literature Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:49:31 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190107/vienna-celebrates-european-literature http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20190107/vienna-celebrates-european-literature "We must take over the important task of remembering": The writer Daniel Kehlmann began the ceremony held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the European Prize for Literature with this heartfelt appeal. A report from Vienna.

By Kristina Kramer

The European Prize for Literature (EUPL) was awarded on Tuesday, 6. November in Vienna, in the presence of Austrian Federal Minister Gernot Blümel and EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. At the invitation of the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Austrian Book Trade Association, around 300 guests gathered in Belvedere Palace to celebrate European literature. The special ceremony was held within the framework of the cultural programme of Austria’s current EU Council Presidency.

Awards like the European Prize for Literature support writers in their work, encourage translations into other European languages, and help to overcome not only language barriers but also cultural barriers. "In this day and age it's seemingly very easy to misunderstand people. Yet we should do everything we can to strengthen multilingualism and understanding for others," said Tibor Navracsics in conclusion to his opening statement, emphasising how important it is, for the future of the European idea, to support literature and translation.

The role of eyewitnesses: Daniel Kehlmann and his encounter with Imre Kertész

Daniel Kehlmann, who gave the ceremonial address, called upon all writers in Europe to take on the responsibility of those colleagues who are the last eyewitnesses to the horrors of the previous century. "We must take over the important task of remembering," declared Kehlmann, going on to say that this is especially urgent at a time when unsettling political currents in the European member states are becoming ever stronger.

Kehlmann embedded his urgent appeal within the very personal memory of his last encounter with the Hungarian writer Imre Kertész, the Nobel Prize in Literature laureate and survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. While in the presence of Kertész, who was clearly marked by dementia but in a certain sense still very alert, his thoughts leaping back and forth through time, Kehlmann became aware of what a deep and painful hole the departure of the last eyewitnesses will leave behind. It will make our societies more vulnerable to surrendering interpretational sovereignty over the past to potentially irresponsible government parties, as evidenced recently in Hungary and Austria, warned Kehlmann.

European short story competition with 36 EUPL prizewinners

In this anniversary year, the bestowal of the EUPL was preceded by a European short story competition under the motto "A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe", to which 36 previous EUPL prizewinners from 26 countries had submitted entries. Four of them were awarded with their prizes in Vienna:

The jury prize went to Ioana Pârvulescu from Romania for "A Voice". She dedicated the prize to the first-person narrator of her short story, the Romanian journalist Monica Lovinescu, who died in 2008.

The jury consisted of journalists, booksellers and writers: Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (Great Britain), Liana Sakelliou (Greece) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium).

"For me personally, this jury work quintessentially represents what defines Europe in the most positive sense: Art, culture, cuisine, friendship, intellectuality, truthfulness, curiosity, a willingness to debate, vigilance and the will not to approach the future with fear," said Nina George.

The two Luxembourg authors Jean Back and Gast Groeber shared the European Parliament Prize, due to a voting tie, for the short stories "European Clouds" and "Current weather warning: predominately heavy fog".

Readers from all over Europe chose the Serbian writer Jelena Lengold to receive the Public Prize for the short story "Jasmine and death".

The special prize, awarded by the jury on the occasion of 2018 being the European Year of Cultural Heritage, went to the Macedonian writer Lidija Dimkovska for "When I left Karl Liebknecht".

Reading in the dark – a new experience

Thanks to the support of the LIA foundation (Libri Italiani Accessibili), the guests in Belvedere Palace on Tuesday evening were able to experience "reading in the dark". This is a format developed in Italy, whereby visually-impaired individuals read texts to the audience in almost complete darkness, employing their special reading techniques and calling attention to themes such as accessibility and inclusion.

This week marks the end of a Tour d’Europe which the EUPL has taken to commemorate its anniversary year, from Riga to Lisbon, from Bucharest via Frankfurt to Brussels, culminating in this magnificent final act in Vienna. The tour has illustrated how well established the prize has become in the European member states over recent years. The EUPL was created by the European Commission within the framework of the "Creative Europe" programme, and has been organised from the start by the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European Writers Council (EWC).

Readers are invited to continue the literary journey through Europe with the anthology "European Stories". The texts created for the short story competition can be downloaded here.

Photograph © Fotoservice BKA, Andy Wenzel

© Fotoservice BKA, Andy Wenzel

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EUPL Writing Contest winners announced in a prestigious Awards Ceremony in Vienna! Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:12:55 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20181213/eupl-writing-contest-winners-announced http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20181213/eupl-writing-contest-winners-announced 36 EUPL winning authors from 26 different countries participated in the EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”. The winners in the different catgeories were announced at today’s Awards Ceremony in Vienna, Austria.

The event was organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU and took place at the Belvedere Palace under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The prizes in the different categories, Public Prize, Professional Prize, MEPs Prize and Special Mention for Cultural Heritage[1], were presented by Mr Gernot Blümel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media and Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in the presence of distinguished guests from the fields of literature, culture and politics.

Readers across Europe selected “Jasmine and death[2]” by Jelena Lengold from Serbia as the winner of the public prize. This work of short fiction, which deals with a very timely topic in today’s society, resonated with many readers not only from the author’s home country, but from across the Europe.

A professional jury, comprised of Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (UK) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium), led by Jury President Liana Sakelliou (Greece), select the work of short fiction “A Voice[3]” by Ioana Pârvulescu from Romania for its excellence.

According to the jury statement, Ioana Pârvulescu succeeded in creating a very powerful narrative on the topic of freedom with two perspectives: The true-fictional part of the young refugee Monica L., who became the voice of freedom for the young Romanians during the Cold War, and a fictional part of a nameless passport-control employee, just a short time after all frontiers had been opened up to embrace a new Europe.

This exceptional story is dedicated to the former Radio-Free-Europe-broadcaster Monica Lovinescu[4]  who became the voice of freedom for young Romanians during the Cold War.

The jury concludes: “A Voice is very successful in making the reader feel emotions and in presenting a theme with important moral purpose about Europe before and after the Cold War.”

In addition to Ioana Pârvulescu’s “A Voice”, the jury’s complete shortlist features “The Saviour of the World” by Adam Foulds (United Kingdom), “A European Story” by Meelis Friedenthal(Estonia), “Jasmine and death” by Jelena Lengold (Serbia), “Greatness Will Have its Due” by Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro) and “This is my body” by Isabelle Wéry (Belgium).

Moreover, the professional jury was also in charge of awarding the special mention for cultural heritage.

Lidija Dimkovska from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia received this special mention for her work of short fiction “When I left Karl Kniebknecht”[5].

This work of short fiction, consisting of various testimonials, shows how citizens of various European countries are linked by shared knowledge, such as names of streets, geographical references, protests and comments about national languages and literatures.

According to the professional jury, this story expertly reveals “various aspects of the European consciousness shared by its citizens.”

Lastly, Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, spearheaded by Committee Chair MEP Petra Kammerevert, were also invited to select their favourite work of short fiction.

Two outstanding authors from Luxembourg, Jean Back with his work of short fiction “European Clouds”[6], and Gast Groeber with “Current weather warning: predominantly heavy fog”[7], are sharing this honour.

Each of these stories has been published in the original language along with English translation in the special “European Stories” publication, which is available to download here

[1] 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For more information on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, please consult https://europa.eu/cultural-heritage/.

[2] Translated from Serbian by Zoran Paunović

[3] Translated from Romanian by Mihnea Gafiţa.

[4] Monica Lovinescu (19 November 1923 – 20 April 2008) was a Romanian essayist, short story writer, literary critic, translator, and journalist, noted for her activities as an opponent of the Romanian Communist regime.

[5] Translated from Macedonian by Kristina E. Kramer.

[6] Translated from Luxembourgish by Sandra Schmitt.

[7] Translated from German by Carla McGinty.

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