Participants 2020

Taras Prokhasko / Ukraine

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Taras Prokhasko (born May 16, 1968 in Ivano-Frankivsk) – Ukrainian novelist, essayist and journalist. Together with Yuri Andrukhovych he is a major representative of the Stanislav phenomenon. Writing of Taras Prokhasko is often associated with magical realism, his novel «The UnSimple» has been compared to One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Biologist by education Prokhasko’s prose has been called to have features of „philosophy of a plant“ for its dense and meditative character.

Nephew of writer Iryna Vilde, brother of translator and essayist Yurko Prokhasko.


1997 – Smoloskyp prize

2007 – Joseph Conrad prize from the Polish Institute in Kyiv

2013 – BBC Book of the Year for „Who will make the snow“ (together with Marianna Prokhasko)

2013 – Yurii Shevelov Literary prize for the book “One and the Same” (Meridian Czernowitz Publishing House)

2019 – Taras Shevchenko National prize in category “Literature” for the book “Yes, but…” (Meridian Czernowitz Publishing House)