On May 19, Catalan author Irene Solà was proclaimed one of the winners of the 2020 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), which recognizes emerging fiction writers from all over the continent. Solà’s awarded book Canto jo i la muntanya balla has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon since it won the 2019 Anagrama Books Prize and one of the long-sellers of the most recent Catalan literature.

The novel has been published in Catalan and in Spanish by Editorial Anagrama. The foreign rights have already been sold in several languages: in English to Graywolf Press (USA) and Granta (UK); in French to Seuil, and in Italian to Blackie Edizioni. Following the EU Prize for Literature shortlist, the work aroused the interest of three other publishers: Tri Publishing Centre (Macedonian), Vuković & Runjić (Croatian), and Magveto (Hungarian), which have already acquired the rights.

The EU Prize for Literature includes 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe program – an initiative aiming at strengthening Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The EUPL was launched in 2009 and has since recognized 122 winning authors through 11 editions. Each year, the EUPL awards one winner per country from one third of the participating countries. This year’s edition awarded 13 countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Norway and Spain (with shortlisted books written in Spanish and in Catalan). The members of the jury for Spain were Xavier Aliaga, Antonio Ávila, Sara Sánchez, Dolors Udina and Fernando Valls.

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