Romanian writer: Mircea Cartarescu honored with Thomas Mann Award
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Lübeck (dpa) - The Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu was awarded the Thomas Mann Prize on Saturday in Lübeck. Lübeck Mayor Jan Lindenau and the President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Michael Krüger, presented the award together.
The prize, endowed with 25.00 Euro, is awarded annually by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.
Born in Bucharest in 1956, the author has received many awards for his poetry, novels and stories, including the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2015.
Cartarescu received the award because he has developed over four decades to the most important voice of Romanian literature, it says in the jury's statement. His novel trilogy "Orbitor", which portrays life in Romania in color pictures until the revolution of 1989, is written in world literature, the statement of reasons goes on.
The prize has emerged from the Thomas Mann Prize of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Grand Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.