McEwan to be awarded the Jerusalem Prize

<p>Ian McEwan is to be awarded the Jerusalem Prize, Israel&#39;s highest literary honour for foreign writers. McEwan will receive the prize at the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Jerusalem on 20th February. The award is given to a writer whose work &quot;best expresses and promotes the idea of freedom of the individual in society&quot;, with the author receiving US $10,000. The prize is presented every two years at the Fair.</p><p>On their decision, the prize&#39;s jury said: &quot;McEwan&#39;s protagonists struggle for their right to give personal expression to their ideas, and to live according to those ideas in an environment of political and social turmoil. His obvious affection for them, and the compelling manner in which he<br />describes their struggle, make him one of the most important writers of our time.&quot; <br /><br />This year&#39;s chairman of the prize is Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. </p><p>Previous winners of the prize include Bertrand Russell, the first winner in 1963, Mario Vargas Llosa (1995) and Arthur Miller (2003).</p><p>McEwan&#39;s latest novel Solar was published last year by Jonathan Cape. Among other awards, he has won the Man Booker Prize, for Amsterdam in 1998, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Saturday in 2003, and On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year in 2008. He was awarded a CBE in 2000.</p>