The EBRD Literature Prize 2022 Award Ceremony

  • 13 Jun 2022
  • Youtube, 15:30 - 16:30 London time
  • EBRD
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Who will be the winner of the EBRD Literature Prize 2022?

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Join Odile Renaud-Basso, EBRD President and Toby Lichtig, Chair of the Judges for the announcement of this year’s winner. Hear more about the three finalist books from their writers and translators, discover more about the art of literary translation, and what makes a winning title.

The EBRD Literature Prize champions the literary richness of the Bank’s regions of operations, which include almost 40 countries stretching from Morocco to Mongolia, Estonia to Egypt.

The Prize also aims to illustrate the importance of literary translation and to introduce the depth and variety of the voices and creativity from these regions to the English-speaking public and a wider global audience. 

The €20,000 EBRD Literature Prize - split evenly between writer and translator - is awarded to the best work of literary fiction originally written in a language from one of EBRD’s countries of operations, which has been translated into English and published by a UK or a Europe-based publisher in the previous year.

The three finalists for the EBRD Literature Prize 2022, in alphabetical order, by author, are:

The Book of Katerina by Auguste Corteau, translated by Claire Papamichail (Parthian Books). Language: Greek. Country: Greece.

Boat Number Five by Monika Kompaníková, translated by Janet Livingstone (Seagull Books). Language: Slovak. Country: Slovak Republic.

The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan, translated by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler (Yale University Press). Language: Ukrainian. Country: Ukraine.

Toby Lichtig, Chair of Judges, has said of the finalists: “These three outstanding novels offer a broad sweep of theme and setting, from the tragedy of war to the heartbreak of parenthood to the confusions of childhood. One is set in war-torn Ukraine, one in post-Soviet Bratislava, the third across the Greek twentieth century. All look on the world with fresh eyes, vividly communicating the complexity and intensity of human experience. They are luminously told, brilliantly translated, utterly memorable and unique.”

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