The Greek writer who won the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature
The European Union Prize for Literature awarded Nikos Chrysos and his novel “New Day,” the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature.
The Prize is awarded annually to new and emerging authors, recognizing literary talent from all corners of Europe. It highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature as well as Europe’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage.
Launched by the European Commission in 2009 and supported by the Creative Europe programme, the European Union Prize for Literature is organised in partnership with the book sector.
This year’s 14 laureates are: Laura Fredenthaler (Austria), Piia Leino (Finland), Sophie Daull (France), Réka Mán-Várhegyi (Hungary), Beqa Adamashvili (Georgia), Nikos Chryssos (Greece), Jan Carson (Ireland), Giovanni Dozzini (Italy), Daina Opolskaite (Lithuania), Marta Dzido (Poland), Tatiana Țîbuleac (Romania), Ivana Dobrakovová (Slovakia), Halya Shyyan (Ukraine) and Melissa Harrison (United Kingdom).
Nikos Chrysos was born in 1972 in Athens, studied Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and direction at the School of Cinema and Television Lykourgos Stavrakos. He is the owner of a bookstore in Athens.