Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan won the prestigious literary award Angelus, which Poland provides to the best writers in Central Europe, Polityca.
The jury awarded the prize for Zhadan’s book "Mesopotamia," which was translated into Polish in 2015. In Ukraine, the novel was published in 2014.
"Mesopotamia" is not a political writing, it’s the ballad about Ukrainian reality and confusing fate of the residents of Kharkiv. The book combines poetry and prose.
According to the jury, Zhadan is the most prominent Ukrainian writer, said in the publication.
Under the terms of the award, the winner receives a trophy and a check for 150 thousand zlotys (almost $40 thousand). The authors of the Polish translation of the book Michael Petrik and Adam Pomorski also received awards - 20 thousand Zł.
Zhadan became the third Ukrainian author, winning award Angelus. In 2006 Yuri Andrukhovych received it for "Twelve hoops", and in 2013 - Oksana Zabuzhko for "Museum of Abandoned Secrets".
In 2011, the Angelus prize was awarded to Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich, who won the Nobel Prize this year.
"Perhaps, as in the case of Svetlana Aleksievich, premium Angelus will become for Serhiy Zhadan a step to getting the Nobel Prize? We wish him this", said jury member Justyna Sobolewska.
The award ceremony takes place in Wroclaw.