Culture News, 02/07/2019

Kharkiv Writer Presented with Honorary Swiss Award

Last week, Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan was presented with the 2019 Wilhelm Tell award. The presentation ceremony took place at the Swiss night event honoring the departure of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland in Ukraine Mr. Guillaume Scheurer.

“It was a great honor for me to give the 2019 Wilhelm Tell Award to Serhiy Zhadan in recognition of his extraordinary personality and many talents as well as his significant contribution to the strengthening of our relations. Mr. Zhadan is often called in Switzerland Gabriel García Márquez of Europe,” noted the Swiss Ambassador.

In turn, Zhadan pointed out that we are a diverse country. “Some think this is a disadvantage. I consider it as a potential. We can teach each other a lot,” the writer emphasized noting that he highly values the relations between Switzerland and Ukraine.

“There are many more people of goodwill and common sense in our country and in our common Europe. We should work together to build our common home which is open and where everyone can be who he or she really is and maintain their identity,” Zhadan highlighted.

Reference: William Tell Award is given for the contribution to the development of Ukraine, as well as for the strengthening of relations between Ukraine and Switzerland. Economists and agricultural entrepreneurs had been awarded it before. Wilhelm Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. According to the legend, Tell was an expert marksman with the crossbow who assassinated Albrecht Gessler, a tyrannical reeve of the Austrian dukes of the House of Habsburg.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Swiss Embassy Kyiv Facebook page