The Colonel, penned by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, has been nominated for the 2013 Jan Michalski Prize. The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is held each year by the Foundation to crown a work of world literature. An original feature of the Prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from throughout the world and is intended to contribute to their international recognition.
The Prize will be awarded for works in fiction or nonfiction, irrespective of the language in which it is written. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, oﬀering the possibility of greater dedication to her or his art. The authors of shortlisted works will be invited for a three-month period of residence in the Maison de l’Ecriture. To make up the Jury, the Foundation has called on exceptional writers who are multilingual, selected for their knowledge of various literary genres, but particularly for their cultural openness.