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Israeli writer Amos Oz wins 2013 Kafka award

Published on May 28, 2013 6:17 AM

PRAGUE (AFP) - Amos Oz, Israel's best-known writer, was on Monday named the winner of this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize for his imaginative tales of life in the Jewish state.

Oz will receive the award and a US$10,000 (S$12,610) cheque at an October ceremony in Prague, the Franz Kafka Society, which organises the annual award, said in a statement.

The 74-year-old, born in Jerusalem to Polish and Russian parents, is known for his use of humour and imagination in work that has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Examples include the 1965 short story Where The Jackals Howl, his earliest fiction, and A Tale Of Love And Darkness (2003), a heart-wrenching memoir of his mother's suicide when he was 12 years old.

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