Israeli Author Amoz Oz Wins Italian Literary Prize

Oz, whose book ''The Hill of Evil Counsel' was recently translated into Italian, was praised for his unique voice and passion for civil activism.

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.

Ilan Assayag
Moti Milrod