Edition 2010

Laureate 2010
Aleksandar Hemon

The Lazarus Project, Novel, Riverhead, 2008

The 2010 Jan Michalski prize for literature was awarded to the writer Aleksandar Hemon for his novel The Lazarus Project, whose most remarkable aspect, leaving aside the ever-present black humour and the unbelievable richness of the language, is the ability to manage two narrations simultaneously at two distinct historical periods. 1908: the still obscure assassination of Lazarus Averbusch, a young man who had escaped the pogroms, a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, against a background of anarchist agitation in Chicago, and 2003 : the journey of the Bosnian writer on the traces of Lazarus, in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.


The winner of the Jan Michalski Prize 2010, Aleksandar Hemon receives an award of CHF 50,000.00 and a work by the artist Olivier Estoppey that has been chosen for him.

Finalists 2010
Tim Flannery

The Weather Makers – The history and future impact of climate change
Document, Penguin Books, 2007

Aleksandar Hemon

The Lazarus Project
Novel, Riverhead, 2008

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Wolves of the Crescent Moon
Novel, Penguin Books, 2007

Selection 2010
Tim Flannery

The Weather Makers – The history and future impact of climate change
Document, Penguin Books, 2007

Aleksandar Hemon

The Lazarus Project
Novel, Riverhead, 2008

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Wolves of the Crescent Moon
Novel, Penguin Books, 2007

Laurent Binet

HHhH Himmler’s Hirn heisst Heydrich
Novel, Grasset, 2009

Péter Esterhàzy

Celestial Harmonies
Novel, Gallimard, 2005

Alois Hotschnig

Im Sitzen läuft es sich besser davon
Novel, Kiepenheur & Witsch, 2009

Victor Malakhov

Ouïazvimost’ lioubvi
Essay (philosophy), Doukh i Litera, 2005

Frédéric Martinez

Claude Monet, une vie au fil de l’eau
Biography, Tallandier, 2009

Klaus Merz

Der Argentinier
Novel, Haymon Verlag, 2009

Pavel Sanaïev

Enterrez-moi sous le carrelage
Novel, Les Allusifs, 2009

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