Boubacar Boris Diop Wins Prestigious 2022 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

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Oct 26, 2021 20:00 CDT

Earth Literature Currently, the College of Oklahoma’s award-profitable journal of global literature and society, declared late Tuesday night that Boubacar Boris Diop is the 27th laureate of the renowned Neustadt Worldwide Prize for Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Grownup Literature, the Neustadt Prize recognizes excellent literary advantage in literature throughout the world.

Francophone author Diop (b. 1946, Dakar, Senegal) is the creator of many novels, plays and essays. He was awarded the Senegalese Republic Grand Prize in 1990 for Les Tambours de la mémoire as perfectly as the Prix Tropiques for The Knight and His Shadow. His Doomi Golo was the initial novel to be translated from Wolof into English. Toni Morrison known as his novel Murambi: The Ebook of Bones “a miracle,” and the Zimbabwe Global Ebook Honest stated it as 1 of the 100 most effective African publications of the 20th century.

Writer and translator Jennifer Croft nominated Diop for the Neustadt Prize. Croft received the Male Booker International Prize in 2018 for her translation from Polish of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights.

Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Globe Literature Nowadays‘s executive director, notes that “it is a superior honor that a senior African author of Mr. Diop’s stature has received the Neustadt Prize. This is landmark for the prize and for Mr. Diop’s increasing and significantly-deserved renown in the West.”

Hugely revered inside of the literary neighborhood for its recognition of excellence, the Neustadt Prize is often referenced as the “American Nobel” for its reputation as a direct-up to the Swedish Academy’s annual collection. Any residing creator producing from anywhere in the planet is suitable for the Neustadt Prize. The jury is composed of acclaimed global authors, and that truth can help protect the award from exterior stress by booksellers, publishers and other folks who might have interest in influencing the outcome.

The Neustadt Prize announcement was made by using Zoom as element of the 2021 Neustadt Lit Fest.

The Neustadt Prize is the very first intercontinental literary award of its scope to originate in the United States and is a single of the incredibly couple worldwide prizes for which poets, novelists and playwrights are equally qualified. Winners are awarded $50,000, a duplicate of an eagle feather forged in silver and a certification. A generous endowment from the Neustadt relatives of Dallas, Denver and Watertown, Massachusetts, guarantees the award in perpetuity.

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Resource: Earth Literature Now