Ian McEwan 311.
(photo credit: Annalena McAfee)
English author Ian McEwan will be awarded the Jerusalem Prize, Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers.
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McEwan will receive the prize in a ceremony that will take place on February 20th, the opening evening of the Jerusalem International Book Fair.
According to the jury's decision, "McEwan’s protagonists struggle for their right to give personal expression to their ideas, and to live according to those ideas in an environment of political and social turmoil. His obvious affection for them, and the compelling manner in which he describes their struggle, make him one of the most important writers of our time.
"For his love of people and concern for their right to self-realization,
and in recognition of his artistic achievements, we have decided to
award Ian McEwan the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual
The Jerusalem Prize is awarded biennially to a writer whose work best
expresses and promotes the idea of "freedom of the individual in
society." The theme was chosen both for its wider international appeal
and for its internal Israeli resonance.
McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the
Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories
First Love, Last Rites
; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time
and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999. He has been shortlisted for
the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam
in 1998. His novel Atonement
received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times
Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel
(2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000. In 2006, he won the James Tait
Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday
and his novel On Chesil Beach
was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader's Digest
Author of the Year. In 2010 he was honored to receive the Tulsa Library
Trust's 2010 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.
The previous Jerusalem Prize was awarded to Japanese author Haruki
Murakami in 2009. Murakami came to Israel to accept the prize despite
calls by the Palestine Forum for the author to boycott the ceremony.
Other previous Jerusalem Prize winners include: Bertrand Russell (first
winner, 1963), Simone de Beauvoir (1975), Milan Kundera (1985), Mario
Vargas Llosa (1995), Susan Sontag (2001) and Arthur Miller (2003).
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