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Princess of Asturias Awards

11/30/2015

Fatema Mernissi, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has died

Joint Laureate in 2003, along with Susan Sontag, for “[confronting] the essential issues of our times with profound depth of vision [and providing] complementary perspectives in a dialogue between cultures.”

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Fatema Mernissi, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has died.

The Jury decided by majority vote to grant the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature jointly to Fatema Mernissi and Susan Sontag. As stated in the Minutes, “Both authoresses share having produced literary works in different genres that are of outstanding quality from an aesthetic point of view, and which confront the essential issues of our times with profound depth of vision; they provide complementary perspectives in a dialogue between cultures.”

The Jury was chaired by Víctor García de la Concha and was made up of Andrés Amorós, Luis María Anson, J.J. Armas Marcelo, Blanca Berasátegui, Isabel Carrera, Pedro Casals, Antonio Colinas, Fernando Delgado, Francisco Javier Fernández Vallina, José Luis García Martín, Pilar García Mouton, Emilio González Ferrín, Fernando de Lanzas Sánchez del Corral, Rosa Navarro Durán, Fernando Rodríguez Lafuente, Fernando Sánchez Dragó and José María Martínez Cachero acting as secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 24th October, was presided over by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias. Besides the address by His Majesty, the speeches at the ceremony were given by Fatema Mernissi, Susan Sontag, Jürgen Habermas, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the then president of the Foundation, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles.

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