Martina Vidaić awarded the European Union Prize for Literature

The European Union Prize for Literature was awarded to Croatian Martina Vidaić for her novel Stjenice (“Bedbugs”). The laurel was presented on Friday at the International Book Fair in Leipzig.

The jury also awarded special mentions to Hari N. Spanou from Cyprus, Tõnis Tootsen from Estonia, Iida Rauma from Finland, Maud Simonnot from France, and Ag Apolloni from Kosovo.

The winner will receive EUR 20,000, half of which is meant to be spent on promotion and translation.

The winners of special mentions will each receive EUR 10,000 (half for promotion and translation).

The Polish nominee for the award was Sabina Jakubowska, author of Akuszerki (“The Midwives”, publisher: Grupa Wydawnicza Relacja).