Per Olov Enquist wins Austrian literary prize
27th July 2010
Per Olov Enquist has been awarded the prestigious Austrian
State Prize for European Literature.
The 76-year-old writer, whose works include historical novels
such as The
Visit of the Royal Physician and The
Story of Blanche and Marie, was handed the EUR 25,000 (GBP
21,000) prize by Austria's culture minister Claudia Schmied.
Schmied commented: 'Accuracy and mastership define Enquist's
diverse and rich literary oeuvre, which seems to have been written
effortlessly and which involves the reader in a unique way.'
Describing the author as a 'great European storyteller', the
minister also claimed that Enquist's work is distinctive in
combining elements of fiction, essay, autobiography and
Previous winners of the Austrian State Prize for European
Simone de Beauvoir and
Last month, the USD 10,000 (GBP 6,900)
Franz Kafka Prize, which was founded to recognise 'exceptional'
contemporary authors, was awarded to former Czech president