Amos Oz Picked for South Korea’s Top Literary Prize

Jury in $100,000 Park Kyong-ni prize, named for South Korean novelist, says Israeli author's works require readers to engage in soul-searching.

Olivier Fitoussi & Moti Milrod

Amos Oz has been selected to receive South Korea’s most important literary prize this year, the Park Kyong-ni prize, which includes a monetary award of $100,000. The prize which will be presented to Oz on October 24 in the South Korean city of Wanju. In addition to attending events associated with the prize, Oz is expected to deliver a university lecture and grant interviews to South Korean media.

In explaining its choice of Oz as the recipient of this year’s award, the prize jury noted that his writing reflects what it called complex aspects of human nature and complex relationships in addition to a deep respect for life. Oz’s writing, the jury said, requires his readers to do their own soul-searching.

Past recipients have include German writer Bernhard Schlink, American author Marilynne Robinson and Russian writer Ludmila Ulitzkaya. The prize was established in 2011 in memory of a South Korean novelist who died in 2008 and whose writing is highly regarded in her native country. Park Kyong-ni wrote 20 books between 1968 and 1994.