The Slovenia Times

Novel of the Year Award Goes to Skubic for "You Just Come Home"


"You Just Come Home", Skubic's sixth novel, is a story of political tycoons and corruption. It was one of five novels shortlisted for the most prominent literary honour in Slovenia this year.

Skubic, who was conferred the prize at a traditional bonfire ceremony at Ljubljana's Rožnik hill, will receive EUR 5,000.

This is the fourth time Skubic, a 47-year-old writer and translator from Ljubljana, was shortlisted for a Kresnik.

He won his first with his debut "Grenki med" (Bitter Honey) in 2000 and again in 2012 with "Koliko si moja?" (How Much Mine Are You?).

"Bitter Honey" also brought Skubic a Prešeren Fund Award, one of the highest cultural honours in the country, while he is moreover a winner of the 2007 Sovre Award for exceptional achievements in literary translation for work on the writings of Gertrude Stein and James Kelman's novel "How Late It Was, How Late".

The other novels shortlisted this year were "Po njihovih besedah" (According to Them) by Katarina Marinčič, "Kratki roman o snegu in ljubezni" (Short Novel on Snow and Love) by Marko Sosič, "Panorama" by Dušan Šarotar and "Kameno seme" (Stone Seed) by Veronika Simoniti.

The judging panel, headed by Gabriela Babnik, was originally picking among 130 novels written in 2014.


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