On February 12th, the ten books that make up the finalists' list for the Anasoft Litera Award 2020 were announced. One of these titles will be the winner of the 15th edition of the prestigious Slovak literary prize.
This year's jury counts Lubomír Machala, Michal Jareš, Peter ‘F Rius Jílek, Zuzana Belková and Dado Nagy. They have read 158 books of fiction automatically nominated for the Anasoft Litera Award and from these they picked these ten finalists.
Peter Balko and his second novel Ostrov (The Island, KK Bagala). Balko was nominated for the Anasoft Litera Award with his debut Vtedy v Lošonci (KK Bagala, 2014) in 2015, when he received the Readers Award.
Jana Bodnárová, a prolific author of poetry, prose, drama and children's books is nominated with her book Koža (Skin, Aspekt).
Etela Farkašová became an Anasoft Litera laureate two years ago with her book Scenár (Screenplay). She is nominated with her most recent prose Hodiny lietania (Flight Lessons, Vydavateľstvo Spolku slovenských spisovateľov).
Katarína Kucbelová and her book Čepiec (The Bonnet, Slovart). The author has been well known as a poet so far ( poetry collections Vie, čo urobí, Malé veľké mesto, Duály či Šport). This is her first prosaic book.
Silvester Lavrík and his novel Posledná barónka (The Last Baroness, Dixit). His books have appeared on the award's top10 lists in 2007, 2012, and 2017.
Zuzana Mojžišova and Modus vivendi (Artforum). Her book Bon voyage has been nominated for the award in 2011.
Michaela Rosová and her novella Tvoja izba (self-published). The author was nominated for the Anasoft Litera award in 2011 with her book Dandy (KK Bagala).
Alena Sabuchová and her book Šeptuchy (Artforum). The author's debut Zadné izby (Amma) won the Ivana Krasko Prize and also the Nadácia Tatra banky Prize.
The books of Víťo Staviarsky have been in the final top10 in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2016. The novel Kale topanky (Kale Shoes, Marenčin PT) won the award. This year, he is nominated with his most recent work Kšeft.
Peter Šulej and his novel Fytopaleontológia (Marenčin PT). Šulej has featured in the top10 in 2016 with his book Spolu (Together, Marenčin PT).
You will find more information on the award on the website of Anasoft Litera.