”Man is the most beautiful city” has already conferred upon him a Augustprisnominering. Sami Said's novel, now representing Sweden in the battle for the Nordic council literature prize. The book depicts the papperslöse migrants the San Francisco trip from nordskandinavisk countryside via the Öresund and Southern europe back to the barndomslandet. The jury describes it as ”a rich pikareskroman, whose main character may remind you of a modern Candide, kicked out in a harsh world where his kind-hearted optimism is seen as something to distrust or exploit”.
for the poetry collection ”Nonsensprinsessans diary: a sick leave”. The jury lift her glimmering diktrader as ”form a story about the darkest and hardest, it is entirely prosaic condition which is the disease”.
a Total of 13 nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections nominated. Greenland is represented by the Pivinnguaq Mørchs collection of short stories “The white löparskorna” and Inga Ravna Eira is selected from the sami language area. She is nominated for her poetry collection ”This is not the earth”, written in the newari and has climate change as its theme.
and Helle Helle nominees, from Finland Marianna Kurtto and Lars Sound and from Iceland Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir. The nominated Norwegian authors are Eldrid Lunden and Jan Grue. Also the åland author Liselott Willén, who now lives in Örebro, sweden, is nominated, for ”There are no monsters”.
this Year's winners will be presented on 29 October in Stockholm. The prize money of 350,000 Danish kroner.
Last year's prize winner was icelandic Audur Ava helga sol olafsdottir.