Milena Marković is the winner of the NIN Book of the Year Award for her verse novel “Deca”, “a poetic step forward that does not happen frequently even in the so-called great literatures”, the jury announced at yesterday’s press conference.
Speaking about the book, Markovic said that “there is a very fine line between poetry and prose”, stating that her book is about children, childhood and family. The jury chairman, Teofil Pančić, said that Marković’s book is out of the box and cannot imagine a reader who could remain indifferent to it after reading it.
He announced that the decision on the winning book was made by a majority of votes. The novel by Srdjan V. Tešin, “Mokrinske hronike”, received one vote and David Albahari’s “Pogovor” also got one vote.
“What is noticeable is that this year, the writers choose to talk about themselves and their intimate world. So there are no, at first glance, huge topics and the protagonists are intimacy and focus on the personal,” added Marijana Nikezić, a jury member.
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