Nicole Krauss wins prize for literature

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Nicole Krauss wins prize for literature

Author known for her novels such as Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love, Great House and Forest Dark, scooped the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize

Books (Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)
Books (Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

American author Nicole Krauss has won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, just months after publishing her first collection of short stories.

Krauss, 46, is best known for her novels Man Walks Into a Room (2002), The History of Love (2005), Great House (2010) and Forest Dark (2017), which have been translated into 37 languages. 

She was told by judges that her work inspired others.

Born in Long Island, Krauss lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was praised for her “valuable contribution to Jewish literature”, in particular for reflecting on Jewish identity in relation to Jewish history within her novels.

The award, now in its 15th year, recognises the role of writers in examining the Jewish experience. The prize is $100,000 (£72,000).

Last year’s winner of the prize money – one of the richest award pots in the literary world – was Jerusalem-based author Benjamin Balint for his book exploring the legacy of Franz Kafka.

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