The Belgian writer Bart Moeyaert has been recognized this Tuesday in Stockholm with the award Astrid Lindgren, considered one of the most prestigious in the world in children's literature. The ruling highlighted his "concentrated and musical" language that vibrates "with repressed feelings and tacit wishes", as well as the way in which he recreates "with cinematographic proximity" relations in times of crisis, while suggesting new ways.
"The brilliant work of Bart Moeyaert shows that books for children and young people have an obvious place in world literature," the jury said. Born in 1964, this flamenco writer made his debut at age 19 and has published fifty books that have been translated into more than twenty languages.
The brilliant work of Bart Moeyaert shows that books for children and young people have an evident place in world literature "
His work includes mostly children's literature, but also poetry and plays, as well as scripts for television. Moeyaert happens in the prize list of the award to the American Jacqueline Woodson.
The Literature Prize in memory of Astrid Lindgren (ALMA), as the award is really called, recognizes authors, illustrators and initiatives that encourage reading following the spirit of the creator of characters such as Pippi Longstocking.
The Prize of Literature in memory of Astrid Lindgren (ALMA), as it is really called the award, recognizes authors, illustrators and initiatives that encourage reading
The aim of the award is to promote and increase interest in children's and young people's literature throughout the world and to promote the right of children to culture in the global sphere. The award was instituted in 2003 by the Government of Sweden, one year after the death of the writer, and is endowed with 5 million Swedish crowns (480,000 euros, 539,000 dollars). Bart Moeyaert will receive the award from the crown princess Victoria of Sweden at a ceremony to be held on May 29 at the Konserthus in Stockholm.