Daniel Mendelsohn, the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, is the winner of the 2022 Malaparte Prize, Italy’s highest honor for foreign writers and one of the country’s most prestigious literary awards.

Mendelsohn was honored for his body of work in literary criticism, translation, and narrative nonfiction. In its awards citation, the Malaparte jury singled out the themes of exile, displacement, and memory in Mendelsohn’s three major memoirs, especially “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million,” an investigation into the deaths of six relatives who perished during the Holocaust in what is now Ukraine.
The prize ceremony will be held in October on the island of Capri at the beginning of October. The prize is named for Curzio Malaparte, an Italian journalist and short story writer who died in 1957, and previous winners have included Saul Bellow, Susan Sontag, Nadine Gordimer, Donna Tartt and Vaclav Havel.
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