Romanian Cartarescu to be awarded Austria’s state prize for European literature

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Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu will receive the Austria’s state prize for European literature in 2015 in Salzburg on July 27. The prize worth EUR 25,000 is a reward for his entire literary work.

The awarding ceremony is due in the opening of Salzburg Festival, while is distinction is granted by the Austrian Culture minister Josef Ostermayer. The laudation speech will be delivered by Ernest Wichner, Literaturhaus Berlin director, www.boersenblatt.net informs.

Eugène Ionesco was the first Romanian writer who received this award in 1970, with Cartarescu now being the second. Among the prizemen of the previous years there are W. H. Auden, Harold Pinter, Vaclav Havel, Italo Calvino, Doris Lessing, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco, Patrick Modiano, Javier Marias, John Banville.

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