The European Book Prize (French: Le Prix du Livre Européen) is a European Union literary award established in 2007. It is organized by the association Esprit d'Europe in Paris. It seeks to promote European values, and to contribute to European citizens' better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity.
|European Book Prize|
|Awarded for||promoting European values, and contributing to European citizens' better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity|
|Presented by||Esprit d'Europe|
|Currently held by||Christos Chomenidis for Νίκη (2021)|
Eligible books must have been published in one of the 27 European Union (EU) member-states in the preceding year, in the original language or a translation. Works are submitted in one of two categories: essai (which in French means, something broader than the English "essay") and romans et récits ("novels and narratives"). A long list is drawn up by the organizers in Paris; the number varies but for example, in 2011, there were 50 essais plus 47 romans et recits. These are then sent to a "sponsorship committee" which narrows it down to about a seven title shortlist, which are then given to a new committee of judges, composed of journalists and authors.
The European Book Prize is organised by the association Esprit d'Europe and was founded by France Rouqe, Luce Perrot and François-Xavier Priollaud. The prize is worth 10,000 euros to each winner. The first two years saw only one winner who received 20,000 euros.
Swedish crime fiction writer Henning Mankell handed the prize to the winner. While giving the prize, Mankell said that the jury was sensitive to the political courage showed by the current prime minister of Belgium. He added that in a Europe which has a lot of self-doubt, which has a lot of questions about its own future, Guy Verhofstadt offered a clear proposal for the future. He gave reasons to believe in European constitution.
While receiving the reward, Verhofstadt said, "When I wrote this book, I in fact meant it as a provocation against all those who didn't want the European Constitution. Fortunately, in the end a solution was found with the treaty, that was approved."
|Year||Category||English title||Original title||Author||Nationality||Ref(s)|
|2007||Essay||United States of Europe||De Verenigde Staten van Europa: manifest voor een nieuw Europa||Guy Verhofstadt||Belgium|
|2008||Essay||Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945||Tony Judt||United Kingdom|
|Essay||Europe for Dummies||L'Europe pour les Nuls||Sylvie Goulard||France|
|Essay||Beauty and the Inferno||La bellezza e l'inferno||Roberto Saviano||Italy|
|2011||Novel||Red Love: The Story of an East German Family||Haltet euer Herz bereit: eine ostdeutsche Familiengeschichte||Maxim Leo||Germany|||
|Essay||The Crime and the Silence||My z Jedwabnego||Anna Bikont||Poland|||
|2012||Novel||Madonna on the moon||Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam||Rolf Bauerdick||Germany|
|Essay||Europe’s passage||De passage naar Europa. Geschiedenis van een begin||Luuk van Middelaar||Netherlands|
|2013||Novel||An Englishman in Madrid||Riña de gatos||Eduardo Mendoza||Spain|||
|Essay||The French, gravediggers of the euro||Ces Français, fossoyeurs de l’euro||Arnaud Leparmentier||France|||
|2014||Novel||Hannah's Dress||La robe de Hannah: Berlin 1904–2014||Pascale Hugues||France|||
|Essay||Turbulent and Mighty Continent||Anthony Giddens||United Kingdom|
|Essay||Der Europäische Landbote: Die Wut der Bürger und der Friede Europas||Robert Menasse||Austria|
|2016||Novel||The Impostor||El impostor||Javier Cercas||Spain|
|Essay||Il più e il meno||Erri De Luca||Italy|
|2017||Novel||Zink||David Van Reybrouck||Belgium|||
|Essay||Come la democrazia fallisce||Raffaele Simone||Italy|
|2018||Novel||Those Who Forget||Les Amnésiques||Géraldine Schwarz||Germany|
|Essay||East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity||Philippe Sands||United Kingdom|
|2019||Novel||Middle England||Jonathan Coe||United Kingdom|
|Essay||Nous l’Europe, banquet des peuples||Laurent Gaudé||France|
|2020||Novel||Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo inokedy)||Pavol Rankov||Slovakia|
|Jury prize||Border. A Journey to the Edge of Europe||Kapka Kassabova||Bulgaria|
Winners by countryEdit
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