His novel, “Zeitoun”, was considered by the Günter Grass Foundation to be an ‘impressive plea for moral courage’ in the modern fast moving world.
It deals with an American-Syrian businessman who gets innocently targeted by terrorism investigators. http://www.gradesaver.com/zeitoun/wikipedia/plot-summary/
It is to be lamented that Eggers does not seem to have any of the moral courage of his self-created protagonist – he has canceled his participation in today’s presentation ceremony.
Eggers has indicated that he will accept the prize and seems more than happy to receive the prize money – “take the money and run!”.*
A shabby, discreditable and opportunist way to deal with the acceptance of a literary prize. Is this perhaps a question of an author being muzzled by his publishers ? Who knows, however the only honorable thing for the author himself to have done would be explain his absence and then not accept the prize and money.
The author will share the prize of 40,000 Euro Albatross award with the translators Ulrike Wesel and Klaus Zimmermann.
*[Take the Money and Run is a 1969 comedy film written by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose]
If you read German – see also http://diepresse.com/home/kultur/literatur/748823/USAutor-bleibt-Preisverleihung-der-GrassStiftung-fern?_vl_backlink=/home/politik/aussenpolitik/746592/index.do&direct=746592
To follow the recent events regarding the publishing of Grass’s poem please see the previous blog articles on this blog – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/04/04/gunter-grass-speaks-out-atommach-israel-gefahr-fur-den-weltfrieden-israel-a-danger-to-world-peace-what-must-be-said-commentary-by-ota-berlin-constituency-blog-contributor-mr-emil/
“Albatross” Literature Prize of the Günter Grass Foundation in Bremen – Dave Eggers takes the money and runs – by OTA-Berlin Constituency Blog contributor Mr Emil Hoogensteyn from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.
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