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Drago Jancar wins European Literature Prize

15th November 2011

The 2011 European Literature Prize has been awarded to the Slovenian novelist, playwright and essayist Drago Jancar for his global influence and role in gaining his home country independence in 1991.

According to the judging panel, Jancar, who was born in Maribor in 1948, will receive the prize for 'the totality of his work' over the last 27 years, with the honour also coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the independence of Slovenia.

The presentation ceremony will take place in Strasbourg's City Hall on March 24th next year, at the Translate Europe festival, where Andree Luck-Gaye, winner of the Grant for Translation of the European Prize for Literature 2011, will also receive his prize.

Each year, the European Literature Prize is awarded to a writer 'of international stature, in order to testify to the cultural capacity of Europe', with past winners including British playwright and poet Tony Harrison, who won the 2010 award.

On accepting the prize, he commented: 'I'm honoured. It is difficult for poetry, poetic drama and poetic films to make their way beyond their home language and it is a tribute to my European translators.'

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