Leipziger Buchpreis 2011 awarded to Austrian writer Martin Pollack

Congratulations from ERSTE Foundation! 

Martin Pollack, Austrian writer, translator and jury member of ERSTE Foundation and IWM’s Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators programme, has been awarded the Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung 2011 (Leipzig book prize on European understanding) for his memorable and influential œuvre. The jury emphasised that Pollack’s empathic historical reports, which he builds on the fine line between the genres of essay and documentation, attributing the nameless victims of history with the due dignity, also throw a light on our present.

The prize, which is worth 15,000 euros, was awarded by an international jury. The awarding ceremony will take place at the occasion of the opening of the Leipzig book fair on 16 March 2011 in the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig.

More information on the Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators is available at www.erstestiftung.org/myproject.

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