Iva Pezuashvili Won the EU Prize for Literature at Paris Book Fair
The award ceremony was held at the Paris Book Fair last week, where Iva Pezuashvili's book was submitted for the EU Prize for Literature by the Writers' House.
At the award ceremony, 5 authors of the jury’s special prize were revealed: Gaea Schoeters, Sladana Nina Perkovic, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagain, Jacobo Bergareche, Eugenia Kuznetsova.
In 2019, Beka Adamashvili became the winner of the same prize, who was also presented to the competition by the Writers' House.
Iva Pezuashvili's last novel "Bunker" tells the story of the Simonians who fled to Tbilisi from the Karabakh war - the story of one family over the course of one day and one night.
The novel was awarded the Tsinandali Prize in 2020. In 2021, the book was awarded the Saba Literary Prize for Reflecting Soviet and Post-Soviet History in Georgian Literature and a special prize from the non-governmental organization Transparency International Georgia.
The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) is sponsored by the EU's Creative Europe program, identifying annually Europe's best new authors in fiction. The main focus of the prize is the mastery of writing. The aim of the EUPL is to support and promote literature in Europe, to evoke interest in the texts of different cultures and nations. The works of the winning authors will be widespread all over the world and their texts will be available to the international literary community which will learn about them without the national and linguistic limits.