The ninth annual Big Book Prize has gone to Zakhar Prilepin for his novel The Cloister. He beat out Vladimir Sorokin, who came in second with his novel Tellurium, and Vladimir Sharov, who came in third with Return to Egypt.
In an article written when the shortlist was announced about six months ago in Publishing Perspectives, Prilepin was pegged as the early favorite and he turns out to have been the late and final favorite as well. You can read more about the novels as well as the reader awards (Prilepin won one of those too) in a post on Lizok’s Bookshelf.
Prilepin has two books out in English translation: a novel-in-stories, Sin, and the novel Sankya.
Read the opening chapter of Sankya in B O D Y
Read my review of Sin
Photo of Zakhar Prilepin by Valeria Kuznetsova