Earlier this month, Philip Roth was awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literature award, the highest literary prize in the country. Roth edged out twenty-three other contenders to take the 50,000-euro (60,000-dollar) prize, one of eight given in different fields by the Asturias Foundation each year. The prize jury praised Roth for “his fluid, incisive writing.” The Asturias award follow’s last year’s Man Booker International Prize, further suggesting Roth’s significance, resonance, and impact outside of the United States.
Previous winners of the Asturias literature prize include Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa, Germany’s Gunter Grass, and Canada’s Margaret Atwood.
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