Luka Bekavac, winner of the 2015 EU Prize for Literature
The winners of the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature were announced the Opening Ceremony of the London Book Fair, April the 14th, by Mr. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. We are very proud that one of this year's winners is Croatian writer Luka Bekavac. He won the prize for his novel Viljevo, published in 2013.
Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said: “My warmest congratulations to the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature! This is the only book award dedicated to the best up-and-coming authors from all over Europe, regardless of their country of origin or language. With this prize and our continued support for translations of literary works, we are helping literature cross borders and enabling readers to enjoy the wealth of writing talent we have. This is crucial: Literature opens the mind, allowing us to come closer together and understand each other better, which is now more vital than ever.”
Viljevo is a novel about memory, trauma and transcommunication: a triptych of different voices, weaving together historiography, speculative fiction and highly-stylised prose.
Luka Bekavac, born in 1976 in Osijek, is a writer, translator and literary theorist. He teaches at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb University (Comparative Literature Department) and has contributed articles on philosophy, literary theory, music and literature to a number of magazines, radio programmes and publications. He has translated works by Martin Amis, Jonathan Franzen, Alberto Toscano, Naomi Klein, Aleksandar Hemon and others, and worked as an editor for Quorum literary magazine (2004-2006), focusing on links between popular culture, experimental music and philosophy. His critically acclaimed novels Drenje (2011) and Viljevo (2013) were nominated for a number of regional awards. Viljevo won the Janko Polić Kamov Award in 2014.