Núria Pradas (Barcelona, 1954) has won this year’s Carlemany prize for juvenile literature and the promotion of reading with her novel Sota el mateix cel [Under the same sky] that centers around the topics “love, war and repression”. The prize is awarded by the government of Andorra and Grup62, the biggest publishing group in Catalan with about 50% of the market, and also the Enciclopèdia Catalana foundation. Pradas is a well-known writer of children’s and juvenile books; since the appearance of Sol d’hivern [Winter Sun] in 1995, she has published 37 books.
The prize-winning novel is set in 1941 in a little village of Lower Normandy and deals with the relationship of the young local Claire and Geert, a Nazi soldier. A love that entails social conflicts. “They fall in love in the least adequate moment and place,” explained the author. She explained that she was interested to show the repression suffered by the French women who committed the error of falling in love with a German soldier, and who were not always collaborators of the occupying army.
The Carlemany prize is endowed with 10.000,- EUR. An expert jury selects three shortlisted candidates, and then a second jury, made up of nive young people of the age of 14 to 16, selects the winner.
[The information contained here appeared in an original article written by Lluís Llort in El Punt Avui newspaper.]