Amos Oz
Amos Oz: Not pleased with the direction Israel is headed in. Photo by Ilan Assayag
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Moti Milrod
A.B. Yehoshua Photo by Moti Milrod

Israeli author Amoz Oz has been awarded Italy's Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa literary prize for his book " The Hill of Evil Counsel" (1976), which was recently translated into Italian.

The panel of judges found Oz's prose full of great passion for civil activism and a unique literary style which include peaceful ideals.

Tomasi (December 23, 1896 – July 23, 1957) was a Sicilian writer, author of works such as "The Leopard" which was reprinted in Hebrew in 2009 (Am Oved). His son Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi was one of the judges.

This is the ninth year that the 10,000 euro prize is awarded. Previous winners include A.B. Yehoshua, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Kazuo Ishiguro and Claudio Magris. The award ceremony will be in early August.