Israeli author Amos Oz has been named the recipient of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize, selected by an international jury from a short list of 12 globally recognized writers.
The $10,000 prize, awarded by the Franz Kafka Society in the
Because of its international scope and recognition of a lifetime body of work, the prize could be seen as pointing the way to the winner of the
Born in Jerusalem, Oz studied at Hebrew University there before publishing his first book of short stories in 1965. He has since published a new book almost every year, most recently the novel "Between Friends" and the nonfiction book "Jews and Words." His work has been translated into more than 30 languages.
With a recent tweet from the Swedish Academy announcing that the final five contenders for the next Nobel Prize in Literature had been selected, speculation about the shortlist has begun. Oz is again considered a candidate, as he's rumored to have been for several years already. The British bookmaker Nicer Odds currently has him at +2,600, tied with Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon.
According to the Kafka Society, Oz and his wife will travel to Prague to receive his price, and a bronze statuette of Franz Kafka, at an award ceremony in October.