Inaugural Chautauqua Prize winner

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program faculty member Andrew Krivak’s novel The Sojourn, already a 2011 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction, has been named the inaugural winner of  the Chautauqua Prize, a new national literary prize that celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The Sojourn, tells the story of Jozef Vinich, who was uprooted from a 19th-century mining town in Colorado by a family tragedy and returns with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary. When World War I comes, Jozef joins his cousin and brother-in-arms as a sharpshooter on the southern front, where he must survive a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps and capture by a victorious enemy. Inspired by the author’s own family history, this novel is a poignant tale of survival and of fathers and sons, addressing the great immigration to America and the desire to live the American dream amidst the unfolding tragedy in Europe.
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