Award: French Annie Ernaux receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

French Annie Ernaux receives the Nobel Prize in Literature

The French writer Annie Ernaux, recorded before a reading at the Lit. Cologne.  Photo: Horst Galuschka/dpa

The French writer Annie Ernaux, recorded before a reading at the Lit. Cologne. photo

© Horst Galuschka/dpa

More than 230 writers were on the list of candidates at the Swedish Academy. It has now been announced who will receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.

The French writer Annie Ernaux will this year with the Nobel Prize in Literature excellent. This was announced by the Swedish Academy, which is responsible for the renowned award, on Thursday in the old town of Stockholm. She received the award “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, alienations and collective limitations of personal memory,” said the permanent secretary of the Academy, Mats Malm, at the award announcement. You could not reach them by phone, said Malm.

Award ceremony on December 10th

The Nobel Prize in Literature is considered the most prestigious literary Award of the world. There were 233 candidates on the so-called long list for the award this year – which names are among them is kept top secret every year.

The Nobel Prize for Literature, like the other traditional Nobel Prizes, goes back to the will of the prize donor and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896). On the anniversary of his death, December 10th, the prices will be in Stockholm and Oslo awarded. This year, the awards are again endowed with ten million Swedish crowns per category. Converted, this corresponds to almost 920,000 euros.

Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature went to the previously relatively unknown Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah. He was honored “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the ramifications of colonialism and the plight of the fugitive across the divide between cultures and continents”. The year before, American poet Louise was lucky Nobel prize received – even she was not considered one of the numerous favorites in advance.

This year’s Nobel Prize winners in the categories medicine, physics and chemistry were announced in the first half of the week. German prizewinners were not among them, but the Swede Svante Pääbo, who works in Leipzig, was. He received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his findings on human evolution.


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