Franz Kafka Prize

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Not to be confused with Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.
Franz Kafka Prize
Kafka portrait.jpg
Country Czech Republic
Presented by Franz Kafka Society
First awarded 2001
Official website

The Franz Kafka Prize is an international literary award presented in honour of Franz Kafka, the German language novelist. The prize was first awarded in 2001 and is co-sponsored by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague, Czech Republic.

Award information and history[edit]

At a presentation held annually in the Old Town Hall (Prague), the recipient receives $10,000, a diploma, and a bronze statuette. Each award is often called the "Kafka Prize" or "Kafka Award".

The award earned some prestige by foreshadowing the Nobel Prize when two of its winners went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature the same year, Elfriede Jelinek (2004) and Harold Pinter (2005).[1]

The criteria for winning the award include the artwork's "humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times."[2]

Award winners[edit]

Previous winners.[3]

Year Winner Nationality Language(s)
2014[4] Yan Lianke  China Chinese
2013[5][6] Amos Oz  Israel Hebrew
2012[1] Daniela Hodrová  Czech Republic Czech
2011[7] John Banville  Ireland English
2010[8] Václav Havel  Czech Republic Czech
2009 Peter Handke  Austria German
2008[9] Arnošt Lustig  Czech Republic Czech
2007[10] Yves Bonnefoy  France French
2006[11] Haruki Murakami  Japan Japanese
2005 Harold Pinter  United Kingdom English
2004 Elfriede Jelinek  Austria German
2003[12] Péter Nádas  Hungary Hungarian
2002[13] Ivan Klíma  Czech Republic Czech
2001 Philip Roth  United States English

Winners per country[edit]

 Czech Republic 4
 Austria 2
 China 1
 France 1
 Hungary 1
 Ireland 1
 Israel 1
 Japan 1
 United Kingdom 1
 United States 1
Total 14

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Franz Kafka Prize goes to Czech writer Daniela Hodrová". literalab. May 25, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Franz Kafka Prize, The Franz Kafka Society,, retrieved on 2008-02-23
  3. ^ "Franz Kafka Prize, official website". Franz Kafka Society. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ ČTK (2014-05-26). "Cenu Franze Kafky letos dostane čínský prozaik Jen Lien-kche". České noviny (in Czech). Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Israeli Author Amos Oz Wins Franz Kafka Prize". AP. May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Amos Oz – the New Laureate of the Franz Kafka Prize". Franz Kafka Society. 28 May 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Spain, John (26 May 2011). "Banville gets top book award". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Vaclav Havel wins Franz Kafka prize". CBC News. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Novelist Lustig awarded Kafka Prize". Agence France-Presse. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "French poet Bonnefoy wins Franz Kafka Prize". CBC News. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Japanese writer Haruki Murakami wins Kafka award". ABC News. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  12. ^ Horáková, Pavla (31 October 2003). "Franz Kafka Society awards Peter Nadas". Radio Prague. Retrieved 31 October 2003. 
  13. ^ Horáková, Pavla (31 October 2002). "Writer Ivan Klima wins Franz Kafka Prize". Radio Prague. Retrieved 31 October 2002. 

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