TIRANA, Albania -- The U.S Embassy in Tirana on Monday said that Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
The announcement posted on the embassy’s Facebook page said the Neustadt Prize and Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a celebration of international books and culture sponsored by World Literature Today and will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma in a ceremony to be held online later this month.
Kadare, 84, a long-time nominee for the Nobel Literature Prize, has been well-known as a novelist and poet since the 1960s when Albania was governed by the communist regime of late communist dictator Enver Hoxha.
Kadare became internationally known with his “The general of the dead army” novel published in 1963.
France has made him a foreign associate of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences and also Commander of the Legion of Honor.
Most of Kadare's about 80 novels, plays, screenplays, poetry, essays or story collections have been translated into different languages.