English author Ian McEwan will be awarded the Jerusalem Prize, Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers.
McEwan will receive the prize in a ceremony that will take place on February 20, 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 in Society."
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.