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Haruki Murakami Receives Franz Kafka Award

Friday, March 24, 2006 Posted: 12:36 AM JST

Japanese author Haruki Murakami (1949), known for 'Kafka on the Shore', 'Norwegian Wood' and 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle', has been selected for the annual literature award of the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society for 2006. Murakami is the first Japanese author to receive the Kafka Award. He will receive the award on October 28, a Czech national holiday, at the Old Prague Town Hall. The award consists of a replica of the statue of Franz Kafka by Czech artist Jaroslav Rona and USD 10,000 in cash.

Murakami is the sixth winner of the award. Two previous winners also won a Nobel Prize only months after receiving the Kafka Award. In 2004 Austrian Kafka Award winner Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for literature several monthls later. British playwright Harold Pinter repeated this feat last year. The three other Franz Kafka Award winners are Philip Roth (USA), Ivan Klima (Czech) and Peter Nadas (Hungary).

Keywords: art_entertainment

Related Links:

  1. Links to sites of authors related to Japan
  2. Unoffical information resource about Haruki Murakami
  3. Haruki Murakami Forum
  4. Haruki Murakami: The Official Website
  5. Salon Interview: Haruki Murakami
  6. Wikipedia: Haruki Murakami

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