Salman Rushdie awarded top Danish literature prize

Salman Rushdie  

Salman Rushdie has received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, Denmark’s most important literature accolade, the organization behind the prize said on Sunday.

The 67-year-old author was handed the prize by Danish Crown Princess Mary in the town of Odense amid tight security due to his status as a former assassination target in accordance with an Iranian fatwa.

The award was announced last year.

Before the ceremony, Rushdie attended an event at Odense’s central library, where he spoke about his memoir Joseph Anton.

Published in 2012, the book is an account of his life under a fatwa issued by Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini. “I was suffering from enormous psychological stress,” he told the audience in Odense.

The literature prize, which includes 500,000 Danish kronor (€67,000), is awarded every two years to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen, the prolific 19th-century writer of plays, travelogues, novels and poems.

In 2012, the prize was given to Chilean author Isabel Allende. Other writers to have received the accolade include J.K. Rowling and Paulo Coelho.

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