McEwan to be presented with Jerusalem Prize

McEwan to be presented with Jerusalem Prize

<p>Atonement author Ian McEwan is to be awarded the 2011 Jerusalem Prize, Israel&#39;s most prominent literary honour for foreign writers.<br /><br />The Jerusalem Prize is awarded biennially to an author whose work best expresses the idea of &quot;freedom of the individual in society&quot;. The &quot;modest&quot; monetary value of the prize money, $10,000, is intended to reflect its symbolic nature.<br /><br />The jury said: &quot;McEwan&rsquo;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.<br /><br />&quot;His obvious affection for them, and the compelling manner in which he describes their struggle, make him one of the most important writers of our time.&quot;<br /><br />McEwan will receive the award on 20th February, the opening evening of the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair.<br /><br />Previous recipients of the prize include Bertrand Russell, Simone de Beauvoir, Arthur Miller and Haruki Murakami. </p>