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Spain honors author Amos Oz July 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Books.

Israeli author joins former winners Mario Vargas Llosa, Gunter Grass, Doris Lessing and Arthur Miller as a recipient of the esteemed award for literature

Israeli author Amos Oz received the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Literature 2007 from the Prince of Asturias Foundation in Spain. The prize was awarded by a jury headed by Spanish Royal Language Academy director Victor Garcia de la Concha.

Prof. Oz, a member of the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is Israel’s preeminent author. According to the minutes of the Jury, Oz has “fashioned the Hebrew language into a brilliant instrument for literary art and for the truthful disclosure of the most dire and universal realities of our time, focusing especially on advocating peace amongst peoples and condemning all forms of fanaticism.”

Oz has written 18 books in Hebrew, as well as several hundred articles and essays. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages.

In a statement made upon notification of the winning the Prize, Oz said, “if I have to say in one word what my entire literary work is all about, I would say ‘families’. If I had two words, I would say ‘unhappy families’. If I had more than two words, you would have to read my works.”

Former winners of the Asturias literature prize include Mario Vargas Llosa, Gunter Grass, Doris Lessing and Arthur Miller. Last year’s winner was US writer Paul Auster. Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe is the patron of the Asturias Foundation, which distributes eight awards annually. The awards are made in the fields of communication and humanities, scientific and technical research, social science, arts, letters, international cooperation, international understanding and sports.

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