Israeli writer Oz wins Goethe award

April 28, 2005 at 2:23 PM

FRANKFURT, Germany, April 28 (UPI) -- Israeli writer Amos Oz has won the 2005 Goethe cultural award for his life's work.

Oz, a noted peace activist, was honored for his novels and his "impressive moral responsibility," said Petra Roth, Frankfurt mayor and jury president, the BBC reported Thursday.

"I didn't even know I was a candidate," Oz said from Israel. "I am greatly moved for this a very prestigious prize which has been awarded in the past to the likes of Thomas Mann and Sigmund Freud."

Oz, born in 1939 in Jerusalem, has published 18 books in Hebrew and about 450 articles and essays. He is strongly identified with the Israeli left, and has been one of the leading figures in the Israeli Peace Now movement since it was founded in 1977.

The prize, worth 50,000 euros ($64,675) and named after the great German poet and dramatist Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) will be awarded on August 28, Goethe's birthday.

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