British writer, Max Porter wins European prize for literature
The British writer, Max Porter and the Dutch translator Saskia van der Lingen, the European literature prize won for the novel, Sadness is the thing with feathers.
The jury awards the prize on Thursday 2 november at the Crossing Border Festival in the Lutheran Church in The Hague.
The prize consists of an amount of 10,000 euros for the author and $ 5,000 for the translator.
Grief is the thing with feathers is about a young family in London whose mother suddenly died. The father stays behind with his two young sons, when suddenly a crow at them to withdraw, which behaves as bemoeial, friend, child-minder, counsellor, and therapist. The story is told in the form of a prose, with short fragments, by alternating the father, boys and crow.
The jury, under the chairmanship of Anna Enquist, calls the novel touching without sentimental.
“The jury this prize is a book want to reward that excellence shows how varied the European literature. A novel in which, after five times, read every time something new to find”, says the judgment.