Thursday, June 7, 2012

Philip Roth wins prestigious Spanish literature prize

Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, 1933, Roth is the second son of American-born parents and the grandson of European Jews who emigrated to the United States in the 19th century.The only living writer whose work is being published in its entirety by The Library of America, Roth has won the United States' most important literary awards: the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Faulkner Award, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize...In his self-styled "American Trilogy," consisting of "American Pastoral" (1998), "I Married a Communist" (2000) and "The Human Stain" (2001), all featuring one of Roth's best-known characters, Nathan Zuckerman, as protagonist, the author uses bitter irony and draws on his capacity for scrutinizing the human soul - analyzing the pain, cruelty and loneliness that lies therein - in his dramatizations of postwar American life.
This marks the 12th-straight year in which the Prince of Asturias Foundation has conferred its literature award on authors born outside the Spanish-speaking world. The last Spanish or Latin American writer to receive the prize was Guatemala's Augusto Monterroso in 2000...The honor carries a cash award of 50,000 euros (about $62,730), a sculpture by Joan Miro that represents and symbolizes the awards, a diploma and an insignia bearing the Prince of Asturias Foundation's coat of arms...The prizes, which Spain's crown prince will hand out at a ceremony in the fall in Oviedo, are regarded as the Ibero-American world's equivalent of the Nobels. EFE

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