Friday, October 10, 2008

Nobel Prize in Literature - 2008

The 2008 Nobel prize for literature was awarded yesterday to France's Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio who is a novelist and nonfiction writer. He is little known here as his work has been published by small presses.

While it's another year without an American winner, Le Clezio does spend a great deal of time here. He teaches one semester a year at the University of New Mexico and has written about Amerindian cultures, most notably those in pre-Columbian Mexico. He also has written about Africa, racism, and cross cultural conflict. The most recent translated novel available in our libraries is Wandering Star, about a Holocaust escapee who meets a Palestinian camp sufferer briefly.

The Nobel committee has highlighted that he is an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization."

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