I am well aware that your second question here may well be – what is the NIN Prize?
So perhaps I will start with that:
The NIN Prize is a literary award given out annually in Serbia, and established in 1954 by NIN magazine. The award is presented every year in January by a jury of writers. In addition to being a highly reputable award capable of transforming the writer’s literary career, NIN Prize is also sought after because it virtually assures the recipient of the bestseller status for his/her novel. Past winners have included Branko Ćopić (published by Istros in 2011) , Danilo Kiš and Dubravka Ugrešić
This year, we find another up-coming Istros author on the list: Alexandar Gatalica nominated for his epic novel about the First World War – ‘The Great War‘. Other authors vying for the honour include the charming novel ‘Bonavia’ by Dragan Velikic , who also won in 2007 with ‘The Russian Window‘. I had the privilege of meeting Dragan at the Pula Book Fair this year (see previous post for details), where a special exhibition was on in Pula- photographs of the places and scenes from the city mentioned in his books. It reminded me a little of an embryonic ‘Museum of Innocence’ – Orhan Pamuk’s own collection of anecdotal photos and mementos from his novels and the city he loves.
Anyway – back to the NIN Prize. Apparently, we have only a few more hours to wait until the results are published, as the jury is set to make its final announcement by the end of today…..
Watch this space….
STOP PRESS: JUST FOUND OUT FROM ON-LINE SERBIAN NEWSPAPERS THAT ALEXANDAR GATALICA HAS BEEN AWARDED THE NIN PRIZE FOR HIS NOVEL, THE GREAT WAR!