STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Maryse Conde from the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe was awarded the New Academy Prize in Literature, created after the Swedish Academy postponed this yr’s literary Nobel because it sought to take care of the aftermath of a rape scandal.
FILE PHOTO: France’s former tradition minister Jack Lang (R) talks to Maryse Conde (L), President of the Committee for the Memory of Slavery on the MEDEF summer season discussion board on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique, in Palaiseau close to Paris, France August 29, 2008. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo
The New Academy was based by greater than 100 Swedish cultural figures earlier this yr as a response to the scandal and the postponement of the Nobel.
“In her work she describes the ravages of colonialism, and the post-colonial chaos in a language which is both precise and overwhelming,” the New Academy stated in awarding Conde the prize.
For the primary time in many years, this yr’s Nobel prizes included no literature award after deep disagreement and defections on the awarding physique, the Swedish Academy, left it unable to pick a winner.
The controversy facilities on the husband of one of the Academy’s members who was sentenced to 2 years in jail for rape earlier this month. He has denied the allegations in opposition to him and is interesting the decision.
The Swedish Academy named two new members final week and is engaged on filling different empty seats and rebuilding confidence.
Reporting by Daniel Dickson; Editing by Hugh Lawson