Bratislava, Slovakia – Last week, two up-and-coming and talented Slovak and Polish writers were awarded the EU Prize for Literature 2019.
The goal of the EU Prize for Literature (EUPL), a program financed by the European Commission, is to “put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction”.
It also strives to “promote the circulation of literature within Europe, to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works” and “foster intercultural dialogue”.
The EUPL is now in its 11th running edition.
Ivana Dobrakovová, a Slovak writer and translator based in Turin, was selected as a laureate of the 2019 EU Prize for Literature for her latest and fourth book, ‘Mothers and Lorry Drivers’ (Matky a kamionisti, 2018), interlinking the stories of five Slovak and Italian women in Bratislava and Turin.
She previously published a collection of short stories ‘First Death in The Family’ (Prvá smrť v rodine, 2009), the novel ‘Bellevue’ in 2010 and another collection of short stories ‘Toxo’ three years later.
Marta Dzido was also awarded the coveted prize for Poland. A writer, documentary filmmaker and film editor, Marta Dzido graduated from the Polish Film School in Łódź. She received the prize for her love-story ‘Frajda’.
She previously published three books: ‘A Mark Left by Mom’ (2003), ‘The Clam’ (2005) and ‘Women of Solidarity’ in 2016, on top of being involved in several documentaries and docudramas as screenwriter, director and director of photography.
The 2019 EU award for Literature also celebrated authors from Romania, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Italy, the U.K, Greece and Ukraine. To know more about the prize or to consult the complete list of this year’s laureates, you can visit the official EUPL website.
Every year, one prize is awarded per country, that participate on a rotational basis.