Renowned British author Ian McEwan accepted the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of Society at the opening event of the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair on Sunday night at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha’uma).

In a speech that celebrated the power of the novel to construct a new reality, McEwan expressed some controversial political opinions that angered a few attendees, and elicited one boo from the audience in the middle of his speech.

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“There are some similarities between a novel and a city,” McEwan, author of 11 novels including Atonement, The Innocent, The Comfort of Strangers, and Chesin Beach, told the crowd of 200.

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