The short list for Angelus 2020 consists of books by two Polish writers (Mikołaj Łoziński, Paweł Piotr Reszka), two Ukrainian writers (Tanya Malyarchuk and Serhiy Zhadan), Bulgarian writer Kapka Kassabova, Slovenian writer Goran Vojnović and Russian writer Sergey Lebedev. The winner will be announced on 17th October during the joint gala shared with the Silesius Wroclaw Poetry Award.
The final 7
The long list (14 semi-finalists) was announced at the end of June. Now the jury has selected the final 7 from among these books. Among the authors there are two Poles, two Ukrainian, a Bulgarian, a Slovenian and a Russian.
- Kapka Kassabova, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Polish translation by Maciej Kositorny: Granica. Na krawędzi Europy, Wydawnictwo Czarne) (Bulgaria)
- Sergey Lebedev, Children of Kronos (Polish translation by Grzegorz Szymczak: Dzieci Kronosa, Wydawnictwo Claroscuro) (Russia)
- Mikołaj Łoziński, Stramer, Wydawnictwo Literackie (Poland)
- Tanya Malyarchuk, Oblivion (Polish translation by Marcin Gaczkowski: Zapomnienie, Wydawnictwo Warstwy) (Ukraine)
- Paweł Piotr Reszka, Płuczki. Poszukiwacze żydowskiego złota [Rinsers. Raiders of the Jewish Gold], Wydawnictwo Agora (Poland)
- Goran Vojnović, Yugoslavia, My Fatherland (Polish translation by Joanna Pomorska: Moja Jugosławia, Wydawnictwo Akademickie SEDNO) (Slovenia)
- Serhiy Zhadan, Boarding School (Polish translation by Michał Petryk: Internat, Wydawnictwo Czarne) (Ukraine)
The books were qualified and their long and short list was prepared by a jury consisting of: Mykola Ryabchuk (chairman), Marcin Cieński, Urszula Glensk, Ryszard Krynicki, Anna Nasiłowska, Małgorzata Szpakowska and Piotr Śliwiński.
Joint gala of Angelus and Silesius
‘In 2020, two most important Wroclaw literature awards operated by the Wroclaw Literature House – Silesius and the Angelus Central European Literature Award – will be symbolically merged in time.’ We call it a symbolic merger, because both awards have always had the same patron: Johannes Scheffler, called Angelus Silesius,’ stresses the team of the Wroclaw Literature House, which is the organiser of both awards.
Also before 17th October, we can expect meet-the-author events with writers nominated for the Angelus Central European Literature Award.
Award for authors from Central Europe
The author of the winning book will receive a statuette designed by Ewa Rossano and 150,000 PLN. If the Angelus Award goes to a foreign writer, the translator of his book will receive a separate translation award (40,000 PLN).
This year’s Angelus is the first edition when every finalist will receive a financial award of 5,000 PLN.
During the gala, we will also learn who received the Natalya Gorbanevskaya Readers Award; from that year on, the winner will be invited to a three-month scholarship in Wroclaw at the Angelus organiser’s cost.
The online voting starts on 16th September and ends on 16th October. If you would like to submit your vote, visit: www.angelus.com.pl
The organiser and founder of the Angelus Central European Literature Award is the City of Wroclaw. The award is granted annually for the best prose book published in Polish in the previous year. Its aim to give special distinction to books that deal with the most significant topics of the present.