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    France's Le Clezio wins the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature

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    09.10.2008 - 14:14 | Son Güncelleme:

    French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2008 for his poetic adventure and "sensual ecstasy", the Nobel committee announced on Thursday. (UPDATED)

    Le Clezio was described by the Nobel committee as the "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization".


    The French novelist made his breakthrough as a writer with "Desert" in 1980, a work the academy said "contains magnificent images of a lost a culture in the North African desert contrasted with a depiction of Europe seen through the eyes of unwanted immigrants."


    Le Clezio won a prize from the French Academy for the work.


    The Swedish Academy said Le Clezio from early on "stood out as an ecologically engaged author, an orientation that is accentuated with the novels Terra Amata, The Book of Flights, War, and The Giants."


    The decision was in line with the Swedish Academy’s recent picks of European authors for the prestigious award. Turkey's Orhan Pamuk won the award in 2006 and last year it went to Doris Lessing of Britain.



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