Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pulitzer Prize 2013 Announced

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been won by Adam Johnson for The Orphan Master's Son. 



Following on from the controversial decision last year not to award a prize for fiction, this years choice is particularly interesting as it is set in North Korea, which is much in the news at present. The Pulitzer is considered to be the US's most prestigious literary prize and the other fiction finalists were both excellent - What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

Adam Johnson, a Stanford associate professor reminded us in his interview that it was illegal for North Korean citizens to interact with foreigners and his only way to interact with them was through his imagination. The Pulitzer web page describes it as " an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart." (http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2013-Fiction)


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