Nobel Literature Laureate 2008

French Novelist Wins Nobel Literature Prize

This year’s Nobel prize in Literature has gone to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. The 68 year old, was awarded the prize for his ”poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy” and was also credited as an ”explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.”

Le Clezio made his breakthrough as a novelist with ”Desert” in 1980, a work the academy said ”contains magnificent images of a lost culture in the North African desert contrasted with a depiction of Europe seen through the eyes of unwanted immigrants.”

The Swedish Academy said Le Clezio from early on ”stood out as an ecologically engaged author, an orientation that is accentuated with the novels ’Terra Amata,’ ’The Book of Flights,’ ’War’ and ’The Giants.”

The award was in line with the Swedish Academy’s recent picks of European authors for the prestigious award.

Swedish Radio’s Culture reporter Kerstin Lundberg had been a fan of the Frenchman since her youth and was delighted with his award. 


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