Spanish author Antonio Muñoz Molina will receive the Jerusalem Prize at the 2013
Jerusalem International Book Fair, which is celebrating its 50th
The Jerusalem Prize is awarded to writers whose work best
expresses and promotes the idea of the “freedom of the individual in society.”
Five authors who have won the prize subsequently received the Nobel Prize in
Molina’s books emphasize a strong bond to international
culture, literature and history, with some of his work reflecting the
far-reaching changes that have taken place in Spain as it transitioned from
dictatorship to democracy, exposing traumatic collective
Explaining its decision, the judging panel noted the author’s
extensive body of writing, spanning diverse literary genres and subjects, which
has won him widespread praise and prominent literary awards.
be no better prize for a writer than one awarded by an international book
It is overwhelming to scroll down the list of the former honorees
and see my name on it. I have never seen myself in such distinguished literary
company,” said Molina.
The fair, a biennial event that attracts dozens of
Israeli and international authors as well as hundreds of publishers, will be
held February 10- 15 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center (Binyanei
All of the Book Fair’s programs are open to the public and free
of charge. A perennial favorite event is the Literary Café, which offers open
and engaging dialogue between Israeli and international writers in a setting
designed as a coffee shop. The Book Fair hosts numerous international seminars
and symposia exploring a wide range of subjects, including literary criticism
and blogging, selling books in a digital age, translation and others.
Furthermore, this year’s fair showcases art books, historic scrolls and archival
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