Nobel literature laureate urges respect for overlooked cultures
AFP - 2 hours 56 minutes ago
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - - The winner of this year's Nobel prize in literature, French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, urged respect for often overlooked cultures on Saturday ahead of his acceptance speech.
"All cultures must communicate between themselves," the author recognised for his work exploring a wide range of cultures told journalists.
"There must not be a dominant culture when it comes to that. There are many cultures in the world that are reduced to silence."
Le Clezio is an avid traveller whose fiction is as likely to be set in Mexico or the Sahara as in Paris or London. He said he wanted to use his status as a Nobel laureate to promote cultural exchange.
"I could compare the Nobel prize to a microphone," he said. "One is listened to. When one does not have that kind of international recognition, very often one speaks and is not heard."
Le Clezio, 68, whose novels include "La Guerre" (War), "Mondo" and "Desert," will give his lecture on Sunday and will receive the prize on Wednesday.
In announcing the prize in October, the Swedish Academy hailed Le Clezio as an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation."
"I am very honoured and I recognise myself in that description," the writer, who also has Mauritian nationality, said on Saturday. "Beyond nations and beyond languages, there is a communication that is common."
Le Clezio's press conference opened a week-long series of Nobel-related events involving this year's laureates.
The writer will receive the Nobel diploma, medal and a cheque for 10 million kronor (930,000 euros, 1.2 million dollars) at a gala ceremony.
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Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio answer questions during a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Le Clezio, urged respect for often overlooked cultures on Saturday ahead of his acceptance speech.
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