Katerina Tuckova from Brno receives State Literature Prize – Brno Daily


Much of Tuckova’s work opens up little-known historical and social topics, helping to raise awareness of these issues. Photo credit: Moravská zemská knihovna, via Facebook.

Prague, Oct. 23 (CTK) — Czech writer Katerina Tuckova, a native of Brno whose work closely documents the city, has been awarded the State Literature Prize for this year. The jury credited his novel White Water, but also took into account his earlier literary work, Culture Minister Martin Baxa (ODS) said at the awards ceremony today.

Much of Tuckova’s work opens up little-known historical and social topics, helping to raise awareness of these issues.

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Jiri Nasinec received the State Literature Prize for translation, in particular for having translated works by Charles Nodier and Mircea Eliade, and for his overall contribution to the popularization of Romanian literature.

A total of six Czech cultural personalities were awarded during the ceremony which took place at the National Theater New Stage.

“I am convinced that today’s awards ceremony once again showed the strength, capability and international competitiveness of our culture,” Baxa said at the opening of the ceremony.

Tuckova noted that she was only the third woman to win the state literature award. This represented the emergence of a strong generation of female writers, able to speak directly to the public, she added.

The State Literature Prize has been awarded since 1995. It is part of a long tradition established in interwar Czechoslovakia in 1920 and interrupted after the communist coup of 1948.

The State Literature Prize for Contribution to Theater was awarded to theater director and university professor Zoja Mikotova, for her educational and artistic efforts that connect the world of deaf and hearing people.

The National Literature Prize for Music was awarded to organist Karel Paukert. The jury hailed his life of concerts and teaching.

In architecture, the prize was awarded to Jiri Suchomel for his pioneering work in the field of sustainable architecture.

The State Literature Prize for Graphic Arts was awarded to gallery expert Marek Pokorny, for his major critical, curatorial and managerial contributions to contemporary art.

The National Literature Prize for Cinematography and Audio Vision was awarded to screenwriter Marcela Pittermannova. The prize was also awarded in memory of film and theater director Evald Schorm.


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