European Solidarity Center was founded in 2014 so that it can raise future generations in the spirit of freedom and democracy in Poland. The prize AMBASSADOR OF NEW EUROPE is awarded annualy for the best publication in Polish that innovatively presents historical processes or contemporary experiences of Europeans, their social relations and civic activity in the realms of culture, education, politics and economy. One of the nominated books is Martin M. Šimecka's Medzi Slovákmi which came out in the Polish publishing house Wydawnictwo Universitas in the translation of Andrzej Sławomir Jagodziński under the title Słowacja: Dzieje obojętności.
The essays collection Among the Slovaks reflects in a unique way the key questions of the social and political life of sovereign Slovakia and its modern identity, from coming to terms with its totalitarian legacy up until the most current challenges the country had to face, like the migration crisis or the role of Slovakia within the Euro-Atlantic community. In her review of the book, the writer and journalist Zuska Kepplová writes: "Šimečka uncovers the recent roots of the of the present times and shows us – not explaining but guiding us through a gallery of situations – how we got where we are today. We could talk about an archeology of today." On the Facebook page of the European Solidarity Center you can find a short reading from the nominated title and a video that introduces all nominated publications.
The publishers have nominated the books from which the jury has selected the five finalists. The winner will be announced in December 2020.
The translator Andrzej Sławomir Jagodziński has been a resident of the TROJICA AIR residency program during which he worked on the translation of Donbas. Svadobný apartmán v hoteli vojna. You can read the interview with him on our website.