Jury of the literary prize “Russian Booker” has announced the shortlist with the names of the candidates for the prize for 2016.
In the finals Peter Aleshkovsky (“Fortress”), sohbat of Aflatuni (“adoration of the Magi”), Sergey Lebedev (“Men of August”), Alexander Melikhov (“And they have no retribution”), Boris Minaev (“Soft fabric: Batiste. Cloth”) and Leonid Yuzefovich (“Winter road”), told “Interfax” the Chairman of the jury, the poet Olesya Nikolaeva.
The work of applicants were evaluated by the writer and critic Alisa Ganieva, critic and poet Vladimir Kozlov, the Director of the Novosibirsk state regional scientific library, Vice-President, Russian library Association Svetlana Tarasova and Professor RSUH David Feldman.
The winner of “Russian Booker” will be known on 1 December. The winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of 1.5 million rubles, all the finalists – 150 thousand rubles. One of the authors of the shortlisted will also receive a grant for the translation of works into English and publishing in the UK.
This year “Russian Booker” was nominated for 73 works. In the nomination the best novels were 36 publishers, six magazines, five universities and 10 libraries. In the long list, in addition to the listed authors, also includes Evgeny Vodolazkin with the “Aviator”, Lyudmila Ulitskaya with the “Ladder of Jacob” and Sasha Filipenko with “Bullying.”
This year, the “Russian Booker” will be awarded for the 25th time. The anniversary will be marked by the release of the same book. “In the first part of the book is describes the history of the “Russian Booker” and will be two articles on the ancestor of the British “Booker”. Most of the book is a chronology of the awards, all jury, and all winners reaction to winning”, he told TASS, the coordinator of the award Igor Shaytanov.
Last year the jury’s choice was a sensational first prize got the novel “Faith. Friendship of peoples” Alexander Snegireva.