Support The Moscow Times!

Yasnaya Polyana Book Prizes for 2019 Announced

The prizes are awarded by the Tolstoy Estate Museum and Samsung Electronics

yppremia.ru

This month the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Awards, a joint project of the Tolstoy Estate Museum and Samsung Electronics, announced the 2019 winners.

Sergei Samsonov won the main award in Contemporary Russian Prose for his novel “Hold On To This Land” ("Держаться за землю”). The Foreign Literature Prize went to Hernán Rivera Letelier for his novel “El arte de la resurrección” (“The Art of the Resurrection”) and his translator, Daria Sinitsyna.

Two more awards were conferred: Igor Volgin was recognized for his television show “The Glass Bead Game” in the category of Event, and Grigory Sluzhitel won the special Samsung Reader’s Choice Prize for his novel “Savely’s Days.”

The Yasnaya Polyana literary prizes are awarded to works that follow the traditions of classical Russian literature. This year more than 130 books were nominated, a collection of works that was then winnowed down to a short list of 43 finalists.

The awards are among the newest in Russia — since 2003 — and are the largest in monetary value. The winner of the best book of Contemporary Russian Prose receives 3 million rubles (about $47,000); the author of the best work of foreign literature receives 1.5 million rubles (about $23,500); and the translator, winner of the event category, and reader's choice laureate each receive 500,000 rubles (almost $8,000). In addition, each author on the short list receives 1 million rubles (almost $16,000).

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more