Big Book

The Big Book Prize is an annual literary award for the best book of any genre written in Russian. It is the largest literary award in Russia and the former soviet countries and is the second largest literary award in the world in terms of prize money just falling behind the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Big Book is supported by various State, public and media organizations having been founded in 2005 by the Centre for the Support of Russian Literature. Nominees for the award are authors, publishers, media, creative unions, and governmental bodies of the Russian Federation.

Each year the "long list" is announced by the 30th of April, then follows the “short list” by the 31st of May and finally by the end of November the winners are announced. Readers select writers of their choice by casting their individual votes online. The three titles that receive the majority of readers’ votes are awarded commemorative statuettes.

Finalists

2008

  1. Vladimir Makanin, Asan [First Prize]
  2. Ludmila Saraskina, Alexander Solzhenitsyn [Second Prize]
  3. Rustam Rakhmatullin, Two Sides of Moscow or The Metaphysics of Capital [Third Prize]
  4. Ludmila Saraskina, Alexander Solzhenitsyn [Readers’ choice]
  5. Vladimir Kostin, Annual Ring [Readers’ choice]
  6. Rustam Rakhmatullin, Two Sides of Moscow or The Metaphysics of Capital [Readers’ choice]

2007

  1. Ludmila Ulitskaya, Daniel Stein, Translator, Eksmo (2008) [First Prize]
  2. Alexey Varlamov, Alexey Tolstoy [Second Prize]
  3. Dina Rubina, On the Sunny Side of the Street [Third Prize]
  4. Ludmila Ulitskaya, Daniel Stein, Translator, Eksmo (2008) [Readers’ choice]
  5. Dina Rubina, On the Sunny Side of the Street [Readers’ choice]
  6. Victor Pelevin, V Empire [Readers’ choice]

2006

  1. Dmitry Bykov, Pasternak
  2. Alexander Kabakov, All Fixable
  3. Mikhail Shishkin, Maidenhair
  4. Alexei Ivanov, Gold of Rebellion
  5. Ludmila Ulitskaya, Our King’s Men