Stavros Christodoulou was honored with the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) for 2020 for his book The day the river froze over, which has already won the Cyprus State Literature Prize.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards were announced online with a video posted on the EUPL page.

The award highlights Europe’s creativity and diversity in the field of prose, promotes literature via the translations of award-winning works and fosters intercultural dialogue.

This initiative is supported by the European Commission’s “Creative Europe” program, in which 41 countries participate and 13 of them are selected each year with candidate books. Each country appoints a committee to propose and judge the proposed books.

“The murder of a famous painter in Athens serves as a seemingly simple starting point for the novel. As the story follows the protagonist, the narrative focuses on a variety of geographical locations and human conditions, leading to an element of tempting cosmopolitanism that enriches the novel with a distinct breadth and depth to the plot”, reports the Cyprus Critical Committee.

Stavros Christodoulou was born in Nicosia in 1963. He studied law in Athens but has been working as a journalist since the late 1980s. His first novel, Hotel National (2016), was shortlisted for the Cyprus State Literary Awards.