Laura Shannon Prize to Mark Thompson, Author of Danilo Kiš’s Biography Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 09:50
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The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Mark Thompson for his book “Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš,” published in 2013 by Cornell University Press.
This award, which in the Anglophone world is considered as a model in humanities research and publishing, is awarded “to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole”. The selection for the award includes books in the humanities and in history and social sciences and a jury is composed of professors from prestigious American universities this year choose the Mark Thompson’s book from the shortlist of three titles.
A. James McAdams, the president of the jury and director of the Nanovic Institute, praised the “Birth Certificate” as “an extraordinarily imaginative book that shows us how biography can provide a lens into understanding major historical crises.”
The jury commended Thompson’s book, stating that “Mark Thompson’s ‘Birth Certificate’ is an eloquent biography of a major Yugoslav writer too little known in the Anglophone world. Impressive, eccentric, at times controversial, Danilo Kiš (1935-1989) belonged to many cultures and traditions. He is best known for his playfulness with literary form. Thompson traces his career with an eye toward Kiš’s literary significance. What is remarkable about this biography is how skillfully it relates literary significance to shifts in the history of central Europe.”
Mark Thompson is Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. In August 2015 he was a guest of the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” which organized the presentation of Kiš’s biography and memorial evening dedicated to this great writer.