This year the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was given to Jean-Claude Mourlevat, “a brilliant renewer of fairy tale traditions, open to both hardship and beauty. Time and space are suspended in his fictional worlds, and eternal themes of love and longing, vulnerability and war are portrayed in precise and dreamlike prose.”
Mourlevat is a French children and young adult author and translator. Fairy tale, fable and fantasy are the key ingredients of his books, in which he draws on literary traditions to create worlds that resemble no other.
Since 2002, the global prize Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is given annually to a person or organization for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature, in order to promote every child’s right to great stories.
Mourlevat’s books have been translated into nearly 20 languages, including Italian and Swedish.
Have you read anything by Jean-Claude Mourlevat?