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Greek Author Hatziantoniou Receives EU Literature Prize 2011

One of the winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature announced on Tuesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair was Greek Kostas Hatziantoniou for his book “Agrigento”.

Each winner gets € 5 000 and the opportunity to have their book translated into other languages to boost its cross-border appeal.

The prize recognizes the best new or emerging authors in the EU, while each winner gets additionally 5000 euros and the chance of having their books translated into other languages too boost its cross-border appeal.

“Agrigento is a modern town of Cicely with a long history. The story initially follows the parallel lives of the characters and gradually escalates on presenting the multiple levels of modern European culture. I believe that this culture and every other culture in the world is the real wealth of human civilization and this has been my inspiration to write this book” Mr. Hatziantoniou said.

Commissioner Androula Vassiliou, responsible for education, culture and multilingualism in the EU, praised the dynamics of publishing industry in Europe, highlighting the advances it has made in a global level by offering jobs to more than 350,000 people and contributing to the European GDP rise.

The European Union Prize for Literature is organised by the European Commission, the European Booksellers’ Federation, European Writers’ Council and the Federation of European Publishers. The competition is open to the 36 countries involved in the EU Culture Programme.

Each year, national juries in 12 of the participating countries nominate the winner authors, so that all countries in the programme are represented over a three-year period.

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