Jan Němec receives EU Prize for Literature

Czech writer Jan Němec was given the EU Prize for Literature for 2014 at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old Němec was awarded for his novel Historie světla or A History of Light, based on the life of the famous Czech photographer František Drtikol. The prize, accompanied by 5,000 Euros, is dedicated to new and emerging European authors. Jan Němec is the second Czech writer to receive the prize after Tomáš Zmeškal, who was awarded the EU Prize for Literature in 2011.

Author: Ruth Fraňková