Cees Nooteboom has been awarded the Horst Bienek Prize for his entire poetic oeuvre, the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste announced Tuesday afternoon. The Akademie praises 85-year-old Nooteboom as one of the most renowned European writers.
Nooteboom has reached a very large audience in Germany since the publication of his novel The following story (Die folgende Geschichte). The translation by Helga van Beuningen was reprinted several times, even recently. Today, several dozens of titles by Nooteboom, both prose and poetry, have been translated into German. This year his latest poetry collection Mönchsauge ('Monk's Eye') was published in German (in translation by Ard Posthuma, published by Suhrkamp).
The Horst Bienek prize consists of €10,000 and will be presented in Munich on 6 December, where Nooteboom will be addressed by the Hungarian writer and essayist László Földényi.