Albanian author, Ismail Kadare is the 26th laureate of the renowned Neustadt International Prize for Literature, which recognizes outstanding literary merit in literature worldwide. Kadare was the winner among finalists; Emmanuel Carrere of France, Jorie Graham of the United States, Jessica Hagedorn of the Philippines, Eduardo Halfon of Guatemala, Sahar Khalifeh of Palestine, Abdellatif Laabi of Morocco, Lee Maracle of Canada and Hoa Nguyen from Vietnam.
The Neustadt Prize is the first international literary award of its scope to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international prizes for which poets, novelists and playwrights are equally eligible. Any living author writing from anywhere in the world is eligible for the Neustadt Prize. The jury is comprised of acclaimed international authors. Winners are awarded $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver and a certificate. Lithub. Tiranapost.al