I am a huge fan of Margaret Atwood’s works, ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale. She is on my list of writers who deserve to win the Nobel Prize. I feel that she is often slighted in spite of all her achievements. I could go on and rant about the selection for prizes like the Nobel. But why spoil a perfectly good day and blog post…
From the Prize’s website: “Three prizes of US$ 1 million each are annually awarded for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions – Past, Present and Future”
The theme for this year’s literature prize is “2010 Present – Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century” . She was given the award for her body of work which
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.
Well done and congratulations, Ms. Atwood. And kudos to the Dan David Prize folks in Tel Aviv.
What do you think of Margaret Atwood’s work? Of Amitav Ghosh’s books? Of this wonderful prize?