Franz Kafka Prize

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Franz Kafka Prize
Kafka portrait.jpg
Country Czech Republic
Presented by Franz Kafka Society
Reward(s) $10,000
First awarded 2001
Website http://www.franzkafka-soc.cz/index.php?lang=en

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[1]. Each award is often called the "Kafka Prize" or "Kafka Award".

The award earned some prestige in the mid 2000s 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).[2]

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."[3]

Award winners[edit]

Previous winners.[4]

Year Winner Nationality Language(s) Ref(s)
2017 Margaret Atwood
(1939-)
 Canada English [5]
2016 Claudio Magris
(1939-)
 Italy Italian [6]
2015 Eduardo Mendoza
(1943-)
 Spain Spanish [7]
2014 Yan Lianke
(1958-)
 China Chinese [8]
2013 Amos Oz
(1939-)
 Israel Hebrew [9][10]
2012 Daniela Hodrová
(1946-)
 Czech Republic Czech [2]
2011 John Banville
(1945-)
 Ireland English [11]
2010 Václav Havel
(1936-2011)
 Czech Republic Czech [12]
2009 Peter Handke
(1942-)
 Austria German
2008 Arnošt Lustig
(1926-2011)
 Czech Republic Czech [13]
2007 Yves Bonnefoy
(1923-2016)
 France French [14]
2006 Haruki Murakami
(1949-)
 Japan Japanese [15]
2005 Harold Pinter
(1930-2008)
 United Kingdom English
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
(1946-)
 Austria German
2003 Péter Nádas
(1942-)
 Hungary Hungarian [16]
2002 Ivan Klíma
(1931-)
 Czech Republic Czech [17]
2001 Philip Roth
(1933-2018)
 United States English

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Franz Kafka Prize". Společnost Franze Kafky. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Franz Kafka Prize goes to Czech writer Daniela Hodrová". literalab. May 25, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Franz Kafka Prize". The Franz Kafka Society. Retrieved February 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Franz Kafka Prize, official website". Franz Kafka Society. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Franz Kafka International Literary Prize 2017" (PDF). May 29, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Franz Kafka Prize 2016 - Claudio Magris". Společnost Franze Kafky. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Daniela Uherková (June 2, 2015). "The Laureate of the Franz Kafka Prize 2015 is the Spanish Writer Eduardo Mendoza". SPOLEČNOST FRANZE KAFKY. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ ČTK (May 26, 2014). "Cenu Franze Kafky letos dostane čínský prozaik Jen Lien-kche". České noviny (in Czech). Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Israeli Author Amos Oz Wins Franz Kafka Prize". AP. May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Amos Oz – the New Laureate of the Franz Kafka Prize". Franz Kafka Society. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Spain, John (May 26, 2011). "Banville gets top book award". Irish Independent. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Vaclav Havel wins Franz Kafka prize". CBC News. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Novelist Lustig awarded Kafka Prize". Agence France-Presse. April 9, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2008. 
  14. ^ "French poet Bonnefoy wins Franz Kafka Prize". CBC News. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Japanese writer Haruki Murakami wins Kafka award". ABC News. October 31, 2006. Retrieved October 31, 2006. 
  16. ^ Horáková, Pavla (October 31, 2003). "Franz Kafka Society awards Peter Nadas". Radio Prague. Retrieved October 31, 2003. 
  17. ^ Horáková, Pavla (October 31, 2002). "Writer Ivan Klima wins Franz Kafka Prize". Radio Prague. Retrieved October 31, 2002. 

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