Margaret Atwood Wins $1M Israeli Prize

Published: March 24th 2010
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Margaret Atwood

Canadian author Margaret Atwood will share the $1 million Dan David Prize for achievements of the present with Indian-Bengali novelist Amitav Ghosh.


The annual prize, awarded by the Dan David Foundation out of Tel Aviv University, “recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.” There are three $1 million US prizes for past, present, and future achievements, with the focus alternating between science, arts, and humanities.


According to the CBC, the judges said that Atwood’s work “enabled, for the first time, the emergence of a defined Canadian identity, while exploring both national and transnational issues, such as colonization, feminism, structures of political power and oppression, and the violation and exploitation of nature. She is the creator of a wide range of original fiction in which realism, myth, and parable are skillfully united.”


The awards will be presented May 9.



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