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The Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society is a biennial literary award given to writers whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society.[1] It is awarded at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, and the recipient usually delivers an address when accepting the award. The award is valued at $10,000, a modest amount that "reflects that it was never intended to be anything more than a symbolic sum."[1] The prize's inaugural year was 1963, awarded to Bertrand Russell who had won the Nobel Prize in 1950. Octavio Paz, V. S. Naipaul, J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa all won the Jerusalem Prize prior to winning the Nobel.

Jerusalem Prize
Awarded for writers whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society
Location Israel
Presented by Organisers of the Jerusalem International Book Fair
First awarded 1963
Not to be confused with the Jerusalem Prize awarded for activity in other fields, such as architecture

In the intervening even-numbered years there is also a National Jerusalem Prize to promote local Israeli authors. For example, in 1994 the Jerusalem Prize was won by Naomi Gal.

In Australia, the Jerusalem Prize is awarded annually by the Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV), the Zionist Federation of Australia and the World Zionist Federation, to an outstanding individual who supports Israel and the Zionist movement.[2]

Some recipients of the prize have been pressured by anti-Israel activists to turn it down and boycott the award ceremony.[3][4]

List of LaureatesEdit

Year Name Nationality Language(s) Refs
1963 Bertrand Russell   United Kingdom English
1965 Max Frisch    Switzerland German
1967 André Schwarz-Bart   France French
1969 Ignazio Silone   Italy Italian
1971 Jorge Luis Borges   Argentina Spanish
1973 Eugène Ionesco   Romania /   France French
1975 Simone de Beauvoir   France French
1977 Octavio Paz   Mexico Spanish
1979 Isaiah Berlin   Russian Empire /   United Kingdom English
1981 Graham Greene   United Kingdom English
1983 V. S. Naipaul   Trinidad and Tobago /   United Kingdom English
1985 Milan Kundera   Czechoslovakia /   France Czech / French
1987 J. M. Coetzee   South Africa /   Australia English
1989 Ernesto Sabato   Argentina Spanish
1991 Zbigniew Herbert   Poland Polish
1993 Stefan Heym   Germany German / English
1995 Mario Vargas Llosa   Peru /   Spain Spanish
1997 Jorge Semprún   Spain French / Spanish
1999 Don DeLillo   United States English
2001 Susan Sontag   United States English
2003 Arthur Miller   United States English
2005 António Lobo Antunes   Portugal Portuguese
2007 Leszek Kołakowski   Poland Polish
2009 Haruki Murakami   Japan Japanese
2011 Ian McEwan   United Kingdom English [5]
2013 Antonio Muñoz Molina   Spain Spanish [6]
2015 Ismail Kadare   Albania Albanian [7]

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