Israeli author - and RSB favourite - Aharon Appelfeld, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, has won Germany’s prestigious Nelly Sachs Prize for literature for his "harrowing autobiographical stories of escape from the Nazis" (via TEV). More at the European Jewish Press. (Read an interview with Appelfeld in the Boston Review, originally published way back in December 1982.)

For more on Nelly Sachs (joint winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature) see her page at Pegasos. Or read Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs: Correspondence. Also see Steve's superb review of Appelfeld's A Table for One. (Green Integer have two Sachs titles: Michael Hamburger's translations of Collected Poems I (1944-1949) (out about now) and Collected Poems II (1950-1969) (out January).)

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