The oldest literary prize “Russian Booker” may cease to exist due to the lack of funding in January 2019. This was announced on Wednesday, TASS literary Secretary of the award Igor Shaytanov.
“The sponsor could not be found, we negotiate, but to enlist the support of business circles it is said of Devils. – If the contract is not concluded until mid-December, we will make the announcement of closing of the award. In January we will start the closure of the Fund “Russian Booker”.
According to him, the maintenance award is necessary to find 10 million rubles.
Earlier it was reported that “Russian Booker” was on the verge of closing due to lack of sponsor in 2018, the award will not be awarded.
Award “Russian Booker” was founded in 1991 as the first non-governmental award in Russia after 1917. Awarded annually for the best novel of year in Russian, she has won and retains a reputation as the most prestigious literary award of the country. The present-day name since 2006.
The winners of the award in different years became writers Vasily Aksenov, Vladimir Makanin, Bulat Okudzhava, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Peter Aleshkovsky, and others. In 2017, the winner was named Alexander Nikolaenko with the novel “to Kill Barykina. The story of a murder”.