‘The King of Warsaw’ a novel written by Szczepan Twardoch and translated from Polish by Sean Gasper Bye, has won the 2021 EBRD Literature Prize.
The prize is one of the few international literature awards that recognises both author and translator in equal measure. The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development awards the best novel originally written in a language from one of the countries where the Bank invests.
The Georgian book ‘The Pear Field’ by Nana Ekvtimishvili, translated into English by Elizabeth Heighway (Peirene Press), shared the list of top three finalists with a book from Romania, ‘Mr K released’ by Matei Vişniec. The authors and translators will receive a prize of €8,000 by book.
The €20,000 first prize will be split between the author and translator of ‘The King of Warsaw’.
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