Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio wins the 2008 Nobel Literature Prize


The French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio is the winner of the 2008 Nobel Literature Prize.

The Swedish Academy, which announced the award today, hailed him as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation".

Le Clezio, 68, was voted “the greatest living French-language writer" by readers of the French literary review Lire in 1994.

He is the first French winner since Gao Xingjian in 2000 and the 14th overall on a list that includes Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre (who declined the award).

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