Last night Marija Peričić was awarded the 2017 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for her novel The Lost Pages, an inspired fictional memoir of Czech writer Max Brod and his relationship with Franz Kafka.
Established in 1980, The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is Australia’s oldest, richest and most prestigious prize for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under thirty-five years. The Award has launched the careers of some of Australia’s most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Mandy Sayer, Andrew McGahan and Rohan Wilson. Many have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the Booker Prize.
This year’s judges were Stephen Romei (literary editor, The Australian), Rohan Wilson (award-winning author of The Roving Party and To Name Those Lost) and Jenny Barry (bookseller from BooksPlus, Bathurst). The Lost Pages was the judges’ clear choice to win.
About The Lost Pages
It is 1908 and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires – fame, respect, love – is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide what lengths he will go to hold onto his success.
The Lost Pages is a richly imagined story of the friendship, fraud, jealously and betrayal within an extraordinary literary rivalry. As judge Rohan Wilson noted…
“the author really understands how tension works. It never lets up. From the very beginning, the strain between Kafka and Brod is hugely entertaining. Brod is anti-social and prefers his own company, just like the best of Kafka’s characters. He is drawn with remarkable clarity.”
About Marija Peričić
Marija Peričić grew up in Perth, Western Australia, the child of German and Croatian immigrants. She now lives in Melbourne where she teaches English as a foreign language. The Lost Pages is her first novel.
The Lost Pages
It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague's literary world. Everything he desires-fame, respect, love-is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them.
The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod's life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka...
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