American writer Tom Reiss was awarded the prize for Biography for his book The Black Count on the life of Generale Alexandre Dumas, French-Caribbean military hero and father of novelist Alexandre Dumas père.
Adam Johnson was awarded the prize for Fiction for his North Korean-set novel The Orphan Master’s Son.
Photographs by Miriam Berkley (from National Book Critics Circles Readings and Awards, February 2013)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German born writer from Cologne, died on 3 April 2013. She won the Booker award for her novel ‘Heat and Dust’. She collaborated with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant writing the screenplays for twenty films that they produced. She won her first Oscar for the film ‘Mr and Mrs Bridge’ in 1990 and her second for ‘Howard’s End’ in 1992. Ismail Merchant once commented: “It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory… I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American. Someone once described us as a three-headed god. Maybe they should have called us a three-headed monster!”
A short video of Charles Rosen, taken in Paris in March 2005 at the Ecole Normal Superieure by the photographer Marion Kalter (on her phone, it was all she had to hand), in which the great musical analyst gives a three-minute discourse on the making of Pierre Boulez.
He’s speaking fluent French, and you don’t need to understand that language in order to grasp the effortless authority that Charles exerted over an audience, any audience, whether as pianist, speaker or writer.
Louise Erdrich’s book ‘The Roundhouse’, the story of a woman who is attacked on a North Dakota reservation has beaten novels by Junot Diaz and Dave Eggers to win America’s prestigious National Book award. The surprised Erdrich, who is part Ojibwe, spoke in her tribal tongue and then switched to English as she dedicated her fiction award to “the grace and endurance of native people.”
The non-fiction prize was won by Katherine Boo for her investigation into life in a Mumbai slum, ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ .
The National Book award for poetry went to David Ferry for ‘Bewilderment’.
Awards were made on 14 November 2012.
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