Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko received the Stanisław Vincenz Prize of the Krakow City Council.

This was reported by the city website

“The great work of Oksana Zabuzhko, aimed at making the world aware of the historical, cultural, and existential specificity of Ukraine in the broader context of civilization, modern history, and relations between people, as well as her literary achievements, bring sensitivity to the residents of our macro-region, have forced the Award Committee to almost unanimously accept her candidacy,” says Rafal Komarewicz, head of the Krakow City Council and head of the Award Committee.

The committee has especially noted Zabuzhko`s essays collection “Planeta Polyn” (Planet Wormwood), which was published in February 2022 by the Agora publishing house. The book is dedicated to modern Ukraine, at the same time maintaining a dialogue with other cultures.

Zabuzhko says that, among others, she addressed this book to a Polish interlocutor. “It’s a great conversationalist, and I wouldn’t want to lose them,” says the author.

The award ceremony will take place on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at the International Cultural Centre at Rynek Główny 25.

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According to Krakow Culture, the Stanisław Vincenz Prize of the City Council has “a rather broad scope: its patron was an author, philosopher, and scholar of the Eastern Borderlands region of Poland, and the award reflects achievements in popularising the culture of Central and Eastern Europe”.

Earlier, Ukrainian writer, translator, and musician Serhiy Zhadan got the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize 2022.