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    Press release from 2/25/11 | Leipziger Buchmesse

    Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding 2011

    For his impressive and guiding work, the Austrian journalist, writer and translator Dr. Martin Pollack has been chosen by an international panel of judges to receive the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding for 2011, with prize money of 15,000 euros.

    The judges' citation states that in his historical accounts “Pollack always sheds illuminating light on our present day as well”. He focuses this literary form along the delicate borderline between essay and documentary writing, with his empathy always intending to give names and dignity to history's unnamed victims. In his latest book "Kaiser von Amerika", published this year by Zsolnay Verlag, Pollack identifies the mass flight of Jews, Poles and Ukrainians from Galicia at the beginning of the last century as a prototype for today's migrant movements with their attendant evil practices of trafficking and people smuggling.

    Dr. Martin Poll, born 1944 in Bad Hall, Upper Austria, read Slavonic studies and Eastern European history in Vienna and at various Yugoslavian universities. He was a correspondent for the Spiegel in Vienna and Warsaw. As a translator from Polish, his work has included translation into German of the writings of Ryszard Kapuscinski who was the first recipient of the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding in 1994. As a freelance writer, Martin Pollack now lives in Vienna and Burgenland. The 2011 Award presentation to Martin Pollack is being held on the occasion of the official opening ceremony for the Leipzig Book Fair on 16 March 2011 in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig.

    The Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding has been presented annually since 1994 and is one of Germany's significant literary prizes. The award committee is made up of the Free State of Saxony, Leipzig City, the German Publishers und Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.) and Leipziger Messe GmbH.

    Detailed information on the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding, the previous award-winners, the committee and the panel of judges is available to you online at www.leipzig.de/buchpreis

    Note to editors: If using the photo of Martin Pollack, please quote the source: Copyright: Lukas Beck/Paul Zsolnay Verlag.

    For review copies and details of interview dates prior to the start of the Leipzig Book Fair, please contact Susanne Rössler, Paul Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna, phone: +43 (0) 1 505 76 61-28, fax: +43 (0) 1 505 76 61-10, E-mail: roessler@zsolnay.at.


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