Big Book Prize 2012 Finalists Announced

November 27, 2012
Big Book Prize 2012 Finalists Announced

This year’s ceremony of the Big Book Award, the biggest literary award in Russia, was held at the Russian National Library’s Pashkov House on 27th November. The jury had to choose among 14 finalists:

Aleksandr Grigorenko, Mebet. The Story of a Person from the Taiga

Aleksandr Kabakov, Evgenii Popov, Aksyonov

Andrei Dmitriev, The Peasant and the Teenager

Andrei Rubanov, Shameful Feats

Archimandrite Tikhon, Everyday Saints and Other Stories

Daniil Granin, My Lieutenant

Lena Eltang, Other Drums

Maria Galina, Mole-Crickets

Marina Stepnova, The Women of Lazarus

Sergei Nosov, Françoise, Or the Way to the Glacier

Valerii Popov, To Dance to Death

Vladimir Gubailovsky, The Teacher of Cynicism

Vladimir Makanin, Two Sisters and Kandinsky

Zakhar Prilepin, The Black Monkey

Two out of three, went to memoirs. The top prize and special prize “For Honor and Dignity” went to Daniil Granin. In his novel My Lieutenant a 93 year old author pays tribute to Russian WW 2 soldiers. Aleksandr Kabakov and Evdgenii Popov’s Aksyonv, a memoir about Russian acclaimed author Vassili Aksyonov, won the second prize. The third runner-up was Marina Stepnova with her family saga The Women of Lazarus.

Readers were also given a chance to vote online for their favourite titles. The Women of Lazarus was also the third among those favoured by the readers, while Maria Galina’s Mole-Crickets run the second. 

The readers’ top selection was Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon, thus giving the book The Readers’ Choice Award.

Held annually since 2005, the Big Book Award is funded and supported by various state and professional organizations and is open to prose of any genre as long as it is written in Russian.