Israeli author Amos Oz attends the Leipzig book fair on March 14, 2013 in Leipzig
Israeli author Amos Oz attends the Leipzig book fair on March 14, 2013 in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Oz, Israel's best-known writer, was on Monday named the winner of this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize for his imaginative tales of life in the Jewish state. © Marc Tirl - DPA/AFP/File
Israeli author Amos Oz attends the Leipzig book fair on March 14, 2013 in Leipzig
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Last updated: May 27, 2013

Israeli writer Amos Oz wins 2013 Kafka award

Amos Oz, Israel's best-known writer, was on Monday named the winner of this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize for his imaginative tales of life in the Jewish state.

Oz will receive the award and a $10,000 (7,700-euro) cheque at an October ceremony in Prague, the Franz Kafka Society, which organises the annual award, said in a statement.

Examples include the 1965 short story "Where the Jackals Howl", his earliest fiction, and "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2003), a heart-wrenching memoir of his mother's suicide when he was 12 years old.

While still a teenager, the novelist and peace activist changed his last name from Klausner to Oz, Hebrew for strength and bravery.

Over the years, Oz has received numerous awards, including the Israel Prize for Literature in 1998 and Germany's Goethe Prize in 2005.

The Kafka prize, named after the famous Prague-born writer of such classics as "The Trial", "Metamorphosis" and "The Castle", was first awarded in 2001.

Previous winners include Japanese author Haruki Murakami, US novelist Philip Roth, British playwright Harold Pinter, French poet Yves Bonnefoy and Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel.

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