Spiddal-based writer receives special mention at EU literary awards

The novel MADAME LAZARE by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, a writer based at Sp Idéal, received a “special mention” from the European Union literature prize.

The novel, published by Connemara’s Barzaz, was one of 14 shortlisted titles from across Europe at a ceremony in Paris on Friday.

It is the first novel written in Irish to represent Ireland at the European Prize for Literature.

Madame Lazare tells the story of Levana whose grandmother, Hana Lazare, succumbs to old age.

Revelations of family secrets emerge that drive Levana to delve into her family’s secret history, on a quest that takes her across Europe from Paris to London to the Aran Islands on the Atlantic coast. of Ireland.

The book won the An Post Best Irish Language Book Award 2021.

Reacting to the award, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin said: “It is a great privilege for me, firstly, to represent Ireland on the European stage and now to be included among the six books to receive a special mention at the European Prize for literature 2022.

“One of the main objectives of the Prize is to promote the translation of books so that they reach new audiences beyond the country and language in which they were written. It will be a dream come true to see this happen with Madame Lazare.

Barzaz and Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin thanked Literature Ireland, the nominating organization in Ireland, and the jury for the European Union Prize for Literature.

They also congratulated the fourteen shortlisted authors, the other winners of the special mention, Gaea Schoeters from Belgium; Slađana Nina Perković from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jacobo Bergareche from Spain and Eugenia Kuznetsova from Ukraine, and above all the great winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, Iva Pezuashvili from Georgia for her book “A Garbage Chute”.

Madame Lazare is available nationwide in all good bookshops.

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