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Amos Oz—the Dagerman Award Laureate 2018

Press release   •   Mar 26, 2018 10:00 CEST

On March 14, it was announced that Amos Oz is the Stig Dagerman Award laureate in 2018. Israeli author Amos Oz also frequently figures in discussions of potential Nobel Prize laureates.

Amos Oz

Amos Oz is awarded the Dagerman Award for his humanist, diversified authorship that explores humanity’s exposure and vulnerability. As a commentator, with his starting point in Israel’s turbulent history, he advocates peace and co-existence in the prolonged conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Peace Now movement

As a resident in Tel Aviv, Amos Oz has long advocated for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was a co-founder of the Peace Now movement in Israel.

“In 2006, Amos Oz published a fairly short text “How to Cure a Fanatic,” and 650 000 copies of this text was handed out to Swedish upper-secondary school pupils. The Enlightenment, education and common sense are all questioned today and, in this context, Amos Oz can contribute greatly to help us reach a deeper understanding,” says Bengt Söderhäll, senior lecturer in curriculum studies at the University of Gävle and a member of the Dagerman jury.

The Stig Dagerman Award

The Stig Dagerman Award (with the subtitle One Day a Year) is an annual prize given to someone who in the spirit of Stig Dagerman works for freedom of speech by promoting its significance and its availability.

Amos Oz will receive the prize, at a ceremony in Stora hallen, Laxön, Älvkarleby on May 26, 2018. This is the 23rd time that the prize is awarded and the prize amount is 50 000 SEK.

Earlier recipients of the Dagerman award:

Stig Dagerman was a Swedish writer and journalist.

For more information on the Stig Dagerman award:

For more information, please contact:
Bengt Söderhäll, senior lecturer in curriculum studies at the University of Gävle
Phone: 076-800 47 72

Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Uzi Varon

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