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Margaret Atwood wins Franz Kafka Prize

Jun 5, 2017

Margaret Atwood has been announced as the 17th laureate of the Franz Kafka Prize.

The Prize is awarded in recognition of an author’s entire body of work, and is to “reward artistically exceptional literary production of a contemporary author whose work addresses readers regardless of their origin, nationality, or culture”. Previous laureates include Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth, and Harold Pinter.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty eight works, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels. Her books have been published in more than forty languages. Recently her novel The Handmaid’s Tale has received renewed attention with a television adaptation currently showing in the US and UK. Another of her novels, Alias Grace, is also being adapted for television by Netflix.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Prague in October, at the Old Town Hall. Margaret Atwood will receive a bronze statuette of the city’s Franz Kafka monument by the sculptor Jaroslav Rona and $10,000. In a statement, the author said: “This is a very great honour and I would be most pleased to accept. Franz Kafka has a special place for me, since as an undergraduate I wrote one of my first pieces of serious literary criticism about his work.”