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Princess of Asturias Awards

11/17/2013

Doris Lessing, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has died

She received the award in 2001, “whose work is the fruit of a lifetime's dedication to the narrative, but also a passionate fighter for freedom”.

Doris Lessing, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. ©FPA

Doris Lessing, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has died.

The Jury decided by majority vote to confer the 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature on Doris Lessing, “The creator of an imaginary, everyday world, and her characters, the offspring of contemporary society, are a faithful reflection of twentieth century morals. The female protagonists of her novels are particularly relevant in this respect. The Jury thus recognises not only one of the unquestionably major figures of world literature, whose work is the fruit of a lifetime's dedication to the narrative, but also a passionate fighter for freedom who has spared no effort in her commitment to Third World causes, both in her literature and in the personal experience that her eventful life has provided her”, as reflected in the Minutes of the Jury.

The Jury was chaired by Víctor García de la Concha and made up of Andrés Amorós, Luis María Anson, Blanca Berasátegui, Pedro Casals, Juan Cruz, Jorge Fernández Bustillo, Francisco Javier Fernández Vallina, Fernando García de Cortázar Ruiz de Aguirre, José Luis García Martín, Pilar García Moutón, Fernando González Delgado, Fernando de Lanzas Sánchez del Corral, Rosa Navarro Durán, Fernando Rodríguez Lafuente, Fernando Sánchez Dragó, Darío Villanueva and José María Martínez Cachero (acting as secretary)..

The Awards Ceremony took place on 26th October in the presence of HRH The Prince of Asturias. The speeches at the ceremony were given by Doris Lessing, George Steiner, the President of the Foundation at that time, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles, and HRH Prince Felipe de Borbón.

The following is a list of the Laureates that year:

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR THE ARTS

Krzysztof Penderecki

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LITERATURE

Doris Lessing

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES

Juan Iglesias Santos

The Colegio de México

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR COMMUNICATION AND HUMANITIES

George Steiner

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

John Sulston, Francis Collins, Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith and Jean Weissenbach

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

International Space Station

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR CONCORD

World Network of Biosphere Reserves

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SPORTS

Manuel Estiarte

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