Zmitser Bartosik awarded 2017 Jerzy Giedroyc Prize


The jury has named the author of the best fiction book of 2016.

The winner of the Jerzy Giedroyc prize for the best 2016 fiction book will receive 5,000 euros.

Zmitser Bartosik, author of the book “Man and His Talking Sparrow.” has received the prize. Lyudmila Rubleuskaya is in the second place with the novel “Daguerreotype.” In the third place is Adam Hlobus with the book “Reverse Perspective”.

Zmitser Bartosik (born 1969) is a Belarusian bard and writer. His book, “Man and His Talking Sparrow” is a collection of reports on the long-term journalistic journey. The author brings together stories that the witnesses decided to reveal to him only at the end of life. Nevertheless, the facts and stories add up to a picture of the twentieth century Belarus. The Free Theater has staged the play by the book.

This year’s book contest had 7 contenders:

Zmitser Bartosik. “Man and His Talking Sparrow”
Valer Hapeyeu. “Dragon Night”
Adam Hlobus. “Reverse Perspective”
Andrus Horvat. “Prudok” Village. Diary”
Syarhei Kalenda. “Journey To the Edge Of the Bed”
Lyudmila Rubleuskaya. “Daguerreotype”
Alyaksei Talstou. “Midnight on Siyalimski bridge”

The Giedroyc Prize is awarded annually for the best book written in the Belarusian language in the “fiction” and “essay” genres. It was founded in 2011. Among the founders of the literary award were the Embassy of Poland, the Belarusian PEN Center, and the Union of Belarusian Writers.

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