And the Nobel goes to… Le Clézio

After the highly controversial statements by Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Nobel prize jury for literature, no one expected an American writer to receive the award this year.

Yet the 2008 laureate, Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of over 30 novels and essays, received in France a doctorate in Mexican history, and traveled extensively in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

He may not be famous in the United States, but he is considered in France as one of the country’s greatest living writers. The Nobel jury praised him as an “author
of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity
beyond and below the reigning civilization.”

Congratulations to Mr. Le Clézio!

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