Ilija Trojanow will receive one of the most prestigious German literary prizes on Friday. That is when the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, will hand over the Heinrich Böll Prize to the author. The award includes prize money in the amount of 30,000 Euro.
The jury, which included Mayor Reker, said that hardly any other author implemented the political dedication of the late Heinrich Böll as persistently and ambitiously as Ilija Trojanow. Just like Böll in Nazi Germany, Trojanow had gained painful experience with totalitarianism.
Not only had Tojanow distinguished himself as an uncompromising critic of the surveillance state, the jury stated when it picked the author in May, but also as a helper for fellow authors who were persecuted, as well as those in exile…/IBNA
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