Grossman awarded Albtross prize

Berlin: Israeli author David Grossman has been awarded the 40,000-euro ($53,500) Albatross Prize for his 2008 book `Until the End of the Land`, the Gunther Grass Foundation in Bremen announced Sunday.

Grossman, born in Jerusalem in 1954, is an author of fiction, non-fiction and children`s literature, and is known for his study of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, `The Yellow Wind`.

`Until The End of The Land` (German title: Eine Frau flieht vor einer Nachricht) is the story of Ora and two men - and two sons from each with whom she attempts to live in a shattered land. The work was translated into German by Anne Birkenhauer, who shares the prize.

The Gunter Grass Foundation`s jury praised the work as giving "powerful expression to the ambivalence of love and despair against the tragedies of her home land".

During the writing of the book Grossman, a peace activist who supported Israel`s 2006 invasion of Lebanon, lost his 20-year-old son in military action against Hezbollah.

The prize is to be awarded in a ceremony in Bremen city hall later Sunday.



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