Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter prize.
PEN Pinter prize is intended to honour a writer of “outstanding
literary merit” who – in the words of Pinter’s speech on winning the
Nobel prize in 2005 – casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the
world and shows a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the
real truth of our lives and our societies”.
Over the last decade, it has been won by writers including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard.
admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to
telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name,”
Judges for the award praised Adichie’s “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”.
this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
is the exception who defies the rule,” said Maureen Freely, chair of
trustees for English PEN. “Sophisticated beyond measure in her
understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us
through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.”
Freely was joined on the judging panel by the writers Philippe Sands, Alex Clark and Inua Ellams, as well as Fraser.
will be awarded the prize on 9 October, when she will also announce her
co-winner, the 2018 International Writer of Courage.
will choose an author “who is active in defence of freedom of
expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty”.
award-winning novelist was hailed by Harold Pinter’s widow, the
biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies “those qualities of
courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired”.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins 2018 PEN Pinter prize
Tuesday 12 June 2018