Edition 2017

Laureate 2017
Thierry Wolton

Une histoire mondiale du communisme,
3 tomes, Grasset, 2015 and 2017

The 2017 Jan Michalski Prize is awarded to the French writer Thierry Wolton for the three volumes of Une histoire mondiale du communisme [A World History of Communism], published by Grasset.

The jury praised “the immense and comprehensive achievement, which represents the first attempt to give a global vision of communism as it unfolded around the world; a historical investigation supported by impressive documentation, based on numerous, meticulously analysed sources, in which the writer takes the unique point of view of an individual defeated by history at the centre of the account.”

 

Finalists
Lawrence Liang et al.

Invisible Libraries,

Yoda Press, 2016

Proposed by Charles Dantzig

Thierry Wolton

Une histoire mondiale du communisme,

3 tomes, Grasset, 2014, 2015 et 2017

Proposed by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Liao Yiwu

Die Wiedergeburt der Ameisen. Roman,

Aus dem Chinesischen von Karin Betz, S. Fischer Verlag, 2016

Proposed by Ilma Rakusa

Second selection of the Jury
Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air,

Random House, 2016

Proposed by Shashi Tharoor

Wioletta Greg

Swallowing Mercury,

Translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak, Portobello Books, 2017

Proposed by Jacek Dehnel

Lawrence Liang et al.

Invisible Libraries,

Yoda Press, 2016

Proposed by Charles Dantzig

Thierry Wolton

Une histoire mondiale du communisme,

3 tomes, Grasset, 2014, 2015 et 2017

Proposed by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Liao Yiwu

Die Wiedergeburt der Ameisen. Roman,

Aus dem Chinesischen von Karin Betz, S. Fischer Verlag, 2016

Proposed by Ilma Rakusa

First selection of the Jury
Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air,

Random House, 2016

Proposed by Shashi Tharoor

Wioletta Greg

Swallowing Mercury,

Translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak, Portobello Books, 2017

Proposed by Jacek Dehnel

Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World,

Bloomsbury, 2015

Proposed by Shashi Tharoor

Lawrence Liang et al.

Invisible Libraries,

Yoda Press, 2016

Proposed by Charles Dantzig

Alvar González-Palacios

Solo ombre, Silhouettes storiche, letterarie e mondane,

Archinto, 2017

Proposed by Charles Dantzig

Eugénie Paultre

L’état actuel des choses,

Al Manar, 2012

Proposed by Etel Adnan

Jurij Wynnytschuk

Im Schatten der Mohnblüte. Roman,

Haymon Verlag, 2014

Proposed by Andreï Kourkov 

Thierry Wolton

Une histoire mondiale du communisme,

3 tomes, Grasset, 2014, 2015 et 2017

Proposed by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Liao Yiwu

Die Wiedergeburt der Ameisen. Roman,

Translated from Chinese by Karin Betz, S. Fischer Verlag, 2016

Proposed by Ilma Rakusa

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