Rohinton Mistry wins 2012 American Nobel:
Critically acclaimed Indian-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
The $50,000 Neustadt Prize, awarded every two years, is the only international literary award for which poets, playwrights and novelists are given equal consideration.
Robert Con Davis-Undiano, executive director of international magazine World Literature Today, said: “The world will quickly discover the excellence of Rohinton Mistryï¿½s luminous fiction that the Neustadt jury acknowledged with this choice. Giving the award to Mistry is inspired.”
Mistry is the author of three novels: Such a Long Journey (1991), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best Book), A Fine Balance (1996) and Family Matters (2002).
His latest book, The Scream, was illustrated by Tony Urquhart (2008).
The Neustadt Prize is widely considered to be the most prestigious international prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature and, in fact, is often referred to as the ‘American Nobel’ because of its record of 28 laureates, candidates or jurors who in the past 41 years have been awarded Nobel Prizes following their involvement with the Neustadt Prize.
I was at his reception banquet for this award in the US at the University of Oklahoma. It was very cool to see him! He read part of one of his books and made a very heartfelt speech.
I’m extremely delighted to know that the Rohinton Mistry has been honoured with this award!