Serbian author wins Austrian accolade
Dragan Velikić was last night in Vienna presented with the Central European Prize for Literature, reports say.Source: B92, Tanjug
The award is given each year by the Austrian Danube and Central European Institute, and the Austrian Ministry of Science.
The award is presented to figures who have made specific contributions to preserving and developing the spirit of Central Europe.
Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek, until recently the coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), delivered a speech in honor of Velikić at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuber,near Vienna.
Previous recipients include Polish politician, social activist, reporter, and writer Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Hungarian writer Gyorgy Konrad, and Austrian editor and writer Karl-Markus Gauss.
Velikić, this year's laureate for his novel The Russian Window, is also Serbia's ambassador to Austria.
The Russian Window was printed in thirteen editions in Serbia, winning two of the country's top literary awards: the NIN Award for Literature, and the Meša Selimović Prize.