Salman Rushdie receives the WORLD Literature Prize 2019
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The Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie will be awarded the WELT Literary Prize on November 10, 2019 in Berlin. The jury honors him as an intrepid fighter for the freedom of the word.
Dhe Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie will be awarded the WELT Literary Prize on November 10, 2019 at Axel Springer in Berlin.
The jury chaired by Mara Delius, Head of the LITERARY WORLD, explains the decision: “Salman Rushdie receives the WORLD Literature Prize in 2019 for his oeuvre as a world-class writer and intellectual who knows how to think globally.
He is an undaunted fighter for the freedom of the word and a writer who knows how to thrill millions of readers worldwide with his magical realism. Salman Rushdie's work helps us face the uncertainties of our present with attitude and humor. “
“Cosmopolitan World Literature”
Salman Rushdie, born in Bombay, Mumbai, in 1947, is one of the most important contemporary writers. His work comprises a total of thirteen novels, several narrative volumes and non-fiction books.
Among his best-known publications are “Midnight Children” and “The Satanic Verses,” for which he was sentenced to death in February 1989 by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. His life story is told by Salman Rushdie in his memoir “Joseph Anton”. His latest novel “Quichotte”, which will be released in German on October 14, is nominated for the prestigious “Booker Prize” in 2019.
“As a British-Indian writer living in the US, Salman Rush creates cosmopolitan world literature in times of new isolationism. He is a writer and thinker who has crucially shaped and defended our understanding of freedom and freedom of expression over the last thirty years.
All the more, I am delighted that, just in November 2019, thirty years after the historic turning point, he will pay tribute to us at the presentation of the WELT Literary Prize in Berlin, “says Mara Delius.
The WELT Literary Prize endowed with 12,000 euros commemorates Willy Haas, who founded the LITERARY WORLD in 1925. Among the previous winners of the award, which has been awarded since 1999, are i.a. Virginie Despentes (2018), Zadie Smith (2016), Karl Ove Knausgård (2015), Haruki Murakami (2014) and Jonathan Franzen (2013).
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