French author Jean-Claude Mourlevat is the winner of the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honoring children’s and young-adult literature. The award, presented by the Swedish Arts Council, is accompanied by a cash prize of 5 million krona (approximately $572,000), and is the world’s largest financial award for children’s and young-adult works. The jury said,
Jean-Claude Mourlevat is a brilliant renewer of fairy tale traditions, open to both hardship and beauty. Time and space are suspended in his fictional worlds, and eternal themes of love and longing, vulnerability and war are portrayed in precise and dreamlike prose. Mourlevat’s ever-surprising work pins the fabric of ancient epic onto a contemporary reality.
For more information, see the prize’s website.
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