Uglješa Šajtinac: Quite Modest Gifts

Uglješa Šajtinac: Quite Modest Gifts

08/02/2021

*European Union Literature Award 2014

Uglješa Šajtinac’s book „Quite Modest Gifts“ received the European award for literature in 2014. Publishing house Arhipelag stated about the book: “An exceptional contemporary epistolary novel in which two brothers exchange emails in which they witness their American and Serbian, New York and Banat everyday life. A novel about Banat and New York. A family novel where destiny’s temptations of its members speak of the most challenging social questions of our time in an exciting and striking manner. Šajtinac wrote a moving and provocative chronicle of our days, a book in whose emails the last decade of our lives is given voice with an authentic strength. Intense and passionate, incorruptible and engaged.”

One of the most prominent contemporary writers from Serbia, Uglješa Šajtinac, received this significant European award in November 2014, together with 12 other European authors: Ben BLUSHI (Albania), Milen RUSKOV (Bulgaria), Jan NĚMEC (The Czech Republic ), Makis TSITAS (Greece), Oddný EIR (Island), Janis JONEVS (Latvia), Armin ÖHRI (Lichtenstein), Pierre J. MEJLAK (Malta), Ognjen SPAHIĆ (Montenegro), Marente DE MOOR (the Netherlands), Birgül OĞUZ (Turkey) and Evie WYLD (the United Kingdom).