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Published by Nation Books (Amazon link):
DESERTER FROM DEATH: Dispatches from
Western Europe 1950-2000
a selection of Daniel Singer’s writing from his years
as a young correspondent for The Economist
through his decades at The Nation.
From Monthly Review Press:
…also available in French (Éditions Complexe):
À qui appartient l’avenir ? Pour une utopie réaliste
History of contest questions
& links to essays
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The winner of the 2013 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize of $2,500 is James Kilgore, for “On Returning to Where the Heart Is.” Kilgore lived in South Africa from 1991–02 as a fugitive from US justice and working as an educator and researcher for unions and social movements. In 2002 he was arrested on the streets of Cape Town, then extradited to the United States, where he served six and a half years in prison. In July 2012 he returned to South Africa for the first time since his arrest, and his essay presents his recollections on that journey. Kilgore is the author of three novels, all drafted while he was incarcerated. He currently is a research scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
Daniel Singer was a man of the left who was a great optimist. He believed in the people’s taking control of their own lives and forging new truly democratic institutions that would introduce real social and economic justice. As a critic of Western capitalism and Eastern Stalinism, his analyses were based on deep knowledge and delivered with a biting sarcasm that evinced a thorough dislike of banal rhetoric. His final major work, Whose Millennium: Theirs or Ours, combined his two greatest qualities: his inspiring hopes and his astonishing ability to dissect the workings of power. His words are as fresh and exciting as they were when he wrote them, something only a very few topical journalists have ever accomplished. At this best, he is in the same class with John Reed and George Orwell.
The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an original essay of no more than 5,000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified. The winning essay will receive a prize of $2,500. Please see our Statement of Principles. Essays may be submitted in English, Spanish or French and will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and activists. The winner will be announced in December 2014.
Submissions must be received no later than Saturday, August 30, 2014. Essays can be mailed to:
The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
P.O. Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Essays can also be e-mailed.