Jan Michalski Prize

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Foundation to crown a work of world literature. An original feature of the Prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. The Prize will be awarded for works of fiction or non fiction, irrespective of the language in which it is written. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, offering the possibility of greater dedication to her or his art.

To make up the Jury, the Foundation has called on exceptional writers who are multilingual, selected for their knowledge of various literary genres, but particularly for their cultural openness.

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The 2020 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature has been awarded to Mia Couto for his trilogy As areias do imperador (Editorial Caminho, 2015-2017), translated in French from the Portuguese of Mozambique by Elisabeth Monteiro Rodrigues (Les sables de l’empereur, Éditions Métailié, 2020). The English version, Sands of the Emperor, translated by David Brookshaw, is available from World Editions (UK) and Farrar, Straus and Giroux (USA).

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