Austrian author Josef Winkler wins this year's Vilenica Prize

Ljubljana, 10 June - The winner of this year's International Vilenica Prize is Austrian author Josef Winkler. The Slovenian author in focus of the 36th Vilenica festival to be held in September will be Milan Dekleva.

Vilenica festival.
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The international literary festival hosted by the Slovenian Writers' Association between 7 and 12 September under the headline Fear and Courage will be a mix of digital and live events.

Winkler has received many awards for his work in Austria and Germany. The main topic of many of his works is death.

The Vilenica Prize has been conferred since 1986 with the list of previous laureates including Milan Kundera, Olga Tokarczuk and Ilma Rakusa. Last year the prize went to Slovak poet Mila Haugova. The Slovenian author in focus was Vinko Möderndorfer.

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