Jerusalem Prize

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Jerusalem Prize
Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek (r) handing French author André Schwarz-Bart the 1967 Jerusalem Prize for Literature
Awarded forwriters whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society
Presented byOrganisers of the Jerusalem International Book Forum
First awarded1963; 59 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 Forum (previously known as the Jerusalem International Book Fair), and the recipient usually delivers an address when accepting the award. The award is valued at $10,000.

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
United Kingdom English philosophy, essay
1965 ETH-BIB-Max Frisch-Com C20-015-023-001.tif Max Frisch
Switzerland German drama, novel, philosophy
1967 Schwarz-Bart-67.jpg André Schwarz-Bart
France French novel
1969 Silone.JPG Ignazio Silone
Italy Italian novel, short story, essay
1971 Jorge Luis Borges (crop).jpg Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina Spanish short story, poetry, essay, philosophy, literary criticism, translation
1973 Eugene Ionesco 01.jpg Eugène Ionesco
Romania / France French drama, novel
1975 Simone de Beauvoir2.png Simone de Beauvoir
France French philosophy, novel, drama
1977 Paz0.jpg Octavio Paz
Mexico Spanish poetry, essay
1979 IsaiahBerlin1983.jpg Isaiah Berlin
Russia / United Kingdom English philosophy, essay
1981 Graham Greene angol író, 1975 Fortepan 84697.jpg Graham Greene
United Kingdom English novel, short story, autobiography, drama, essay, screenplay
1983 VS Naipaul 2016 Dhaka.jpg Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
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
Argentina Spanish novel, essay
1991 Zbigniew Herbert.jpg Zbigniew Herbert
Poland Polish poetry, essay, drama
1993 Stefan Heym (1982).jpg Stefan Heym
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
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
United States English short story, novel, drama, essay
2003 Arthur-miller.jpg Arthur Miller
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
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 (portret).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
2021 Julian Barnes 2019 (cropped).jpg Julian Barnes
(b. 1946)
United Kingdom English novel, essay, memoirs, short story [6]


  1. ^ "The Jerusalem Prize". The Jerusalem International Book Forum. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Israel boycotters target authors, artists". Ynetnews. Associated Press. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Spanish author Antonio Munoz Molina to receive Jerusalem Prize at book fair". JTA. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Wojno, Rebecca (January 15, 2015). "Albanian writer to receive Jerusalem Prize". The Times of Israel.
  5. ^ Izikovich, Gili (May 28, 2017). "Karl Ove Knausgaard Named 2017 Laureate for Jerusalem Prize in Literature". Haaretz.
  6. ^ "Barnes Wins Jerusalem Prize". Locus Online. 4 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.

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