The board of the State television and radio broadcasting committee of Ukraine took the decision to nominate the novel "Airport" by Sergei L. Loiko, published in 2015, for Shevchenko National Prize in literature. This was announced by the press-service of the committee.
"The members of the television and radio broadcasting committee noted that the novel Airport by Loiko became hugely popular in the world. Earlier the book was presented on the Ukrainian stand of the Frankfurt Book Fair," – reads the message.
The author says he was writing about war between Ukraine and Russia, as it "can’t be called anything else".
"From the very beginning I realized that this should be a novel, because it is impossible to express the depth of the tragedy, sneakiness, heroism, hatred, passion, characteristic of this very war, neither in a war chronicle, nor in a documentary or an investigative novel. I couldn’t tell the story in a cold manner of an estranged chronographer," Loiko wrote in his blog in Novoe Vremya.
Sergei L. Loiko is a journalist, writer, interpreter, reporter for the Los-Angeles Times, author of the numerous reports from the regions of political-military conflicts. American journalist and photographer from the Los Angeles Times covered the events of this war in the East of Ukraine in 2014. He became the only foreign journalist, who visited Donetsk airport, besieged by Russian-backed militants.
The book was presented in Kyiv on September 3, 2015.