Jerusalem Prize

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Jerusalem Prize
Awarded forwriters whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society
LocationIsrael
Presented byOrganisers of the Jerusalem International Book Fair
First awarded1963; 58 years ago (1963)

The Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society is a biennial literary award given to writers whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society.[1] It is awarded at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, and the recipient usually delivers an address when accepting the award. The award is valued at $10,000, a modest amount that "reflects that it was never intended to be anything more than a symbolic sum."[1] The prize's inaugural year was 1963, awarded to Bertrand Russell who had won the Nobel Prize in 1950. Octavio Paz, V. S. Naipaul, J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa all won the Jerusalem Prize prior to winning the Nobel.

In the intervening even-numbered years there is also a National Jerusalem Prize to promote local Israeli authors. For example, in 1994 the Jerusalem Prize was won by Naomi Gal.

List of Laureates[edit]

Year Picture Name Nationality Language(s) Genre(s) Refs
1963 Bertrand Russell 1957.jpg Bertrand Russell
(1872—1970)
United Kingdom English philosophy, essay
1965 ETH-BIB-Max Frisch-Com C20-015-023-001.tif Max Frisch
(1911—1991)
Switzerland German drama, novel, philosophy
1967 Schwarz-Bart-67.jpg André Schwarz-Bart
(1928—2006)
France French novel
1969 Silone.JPG Ignazio Silone
(1900—1978)
Italy Italian novel, short story, essay
1971 Jorge Luis Borges (crop).jpg Jorge Luis Borges
(1899—1986)
Argentina Spanish short story, poetry, essay, philosophy, literary criticism, translation
1973 Eugene Ionesco 01.jpg Eugène Ionesco
(1909—1994)
Romania / France French drama, novel
1975 Simone de Beauvoir2.png Simone de Beauvoir
(1908—1986)
France French philosophy, novel, drama
1977 Paz0.jpg Octavio Paz
(1914—1998)
Mexico Spanish poetry, essay
1979 IsaiahBerlin1983.jpg Isaiah Berlin
(1909—1997)
Russia / United Kingdom English philosophy, essay
1981 Graham Greene, Bassano.jpg Graham Greene
(1904—1991)
United Kingdom English novel, short story, autobiography, drama, essay, screenplay
1983 VS Naipaul 2016 Dhaka.jpg Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
(1932—2018)
Trinidad and Tobago / United Kingdom English novel, short story, essay
1985 Milan Kundera redux.jpg Milan Kundera
(b. 1929)
Czechoslovakia / France Czech / French novel, short story, poetry, essay, drama
1987 J.M. Coetzee by Kubik.JPG John Maxwell Coetzee
(b. 1940)
South Africa / Australia English novel, essay, translation
1989 ErnestoSabato001.JPG Ernesto Sabato
(1911—2011)
Argentina Spanish novel, essay
1991 Zbigniew Herbert.jpg Zbigniew Herbert
(1924—1998)
Poland Polish poetry, essay, drama
1993 Stefan Heym (1982).jpg Stefan Heym
(1913—2001)
Germany German / English novel, short story, autobiography, essay
1995 Mario Vargas Llosa (crop 2).jpg Mario Vargas Llosa
(b. 1936)
Peru / Spain Spanish novel, short story, essay, drama, memoirs
1997 Jorge Semprun 2009.jpg Jorge Semprún
(1923—2011)
Spain French / Spanish novel, essay
1999 Don delillo nyc 02-cropped.jpg Don DeLillo
(b. 1936)
United States English novel, short story, drama, screenplay, essay
2001 Susan Sontag 1979 ©Lynn Gilbert (headshot).jpg Susan Sontag
(1933—2004)
United States English short story, novel, drama, essay
2003 Arthur-miller.jpg Arthur Miller
(1915—2005)
United States English drama, screenplay, essay
2005 António Lobo Antunes (2010).jpg António Lobo Antunes
(b. 1942)
Portugal Portuguese novel
2007 2007.10.23. -Leszek Kolakowski Foto Mariusz Kubik.jpg Leszek Kołakowski
(1927—2009)
Poland Polish philosophy, history
2009 Murakami Haruki (2009).jpg Haruki Murakami
(b. 1949)
Japan Japanese novel, short story
2011 Ianmcewan.jpg Ian McEwan
(b. 1948)
United Kingdom English novel, short story, drama, screenplay [2]
2013 Munoz Molina Antonio Koeln 160911.jpg Antonio Muñoz Molina
(b. 1956)
Spain Spanish novel [3]
2015 Ismail Kadare.jpg Ismail Kadare
(b. 1936)
Albania Albanian novel, short story, poetry, essay, drama, screenplay [4]
2017 Karl Ove Knausgård.jpg Karl Ove Knausgaard
(b. 1968)
Norway Norwegian novel, autobiography [5]
2019 Joyce carol oates 2014.jpg Joyce Carol Oates
(b. 1938)
United States English novel, short story, drama, essay, memoirs, poetry

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Jerusalem Prize
  2. ^ "Israel boycotters target authors, artists". Ynetnews. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. ^ Staff writer (January 9, 2013). "Spanish author Antonio Munoz Molina to receive Jerusalem Prize at book fair". JTA. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Rebecca Wojno (January 15, 2015). "Albanian writer to receive Jerusalem Prize". The Times of Israel.
  5. ^ Gili Izikovich (May 28, 2017). "Karl Ove Knausgaard Named 2017 Laureate for Jerusalem Prize in Literature". Haaretz.

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