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Milan Kundera and Ongjen Spahic won the “Ovidius” Grand Prize, respectively, the Festival Award, at “Days and Nights of Literature”, which took place between June 10 and 12, the organizers, the Romanian Writers’ Guild, informed.
By the decision of the jury – made up of Nicolae Manolescu, Gabriel Dimisianu and Gabriel Chifu -, the laureate of the 2011 Festival Award is the young writer Ongjen Spahic, from Montenegro. The award, amounting to EUR 5,000, was offered by the Mangalia Mayor’s Office and the Romanian Writers’ Guild.
The writer Milan Kundera was designated the winner of the “Ovidius” Grand Prize. In a letter addressed to the chairman of the jury, Nicolae Manolescu, Milan Kundera graciously accepted the award, adding that, for health reasons, he could not take part in the ceremony. Kundera donated the prize, worth EUR 10,000, to Humanitas Publishing House, which published most of his works in a Romanian translation, with the mention that the money should go to assisting Romanian literature.