PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature
Founded in 2016 in collaboration with the Nabokov Foundation, the award is conferred annually to a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents the highest level of achievement in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama, and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.
2018 PEN/Nabokov Award Winner
From the judges’ citation: “Transcending genres and periods, Edna O’Brien is a master of the page. Drawing out the singular nuances of a town, a character, an interaction, or a gesture, her writing is bold, her voice fearless and compelling. In reading her work, readers are brought to understand what it means to travel imaginatively and bravely, to look clearly and dispassionately upon the spectrum of human emotion.
Emerging from a time and place when women authors were not the norm, O’Brien endured public condemnation, her books were burned and banned. Through it all, her writing remained undaunted, vital, her force unmitigated. Her stories cross oceans, go on the run, risk life and limb, and her readers are swept along on extraordinary journeys.”
|DIANA ABU-JABER’s most recent memoir, Life Without A Recipe, is described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Her newest novel, Birds Of Paradise, won the 2012 Arab-American National Book Award. It was also named one of the top books of the year by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Oregonian. She has written several other award-winning novels, including Origin; Crescent; and Arabian Jazz.|
|MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of six novels, including The English Patient, winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction, and which was made into the Academy Award Winning Film of the same name. His collections of poetry include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems, which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in 1971; The Cinnamon Peeler; and Handwriting, among others. Ondaatje is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognizing him as one of Canada’s most renowned living authors.|