ROME (Aug. 12)
The Bookstall Prize, one of Italy’s most coveted literary awards, has been won by the American Yiddish author, Isaac Bashevis Singer for his novel. “The Family Moskat,” published here in Italian translation by the Longanesi Co. The prize has been awarded annually since 1961 by the Association of Italian Booksellers and the municipality of Pontremoli, the book center of Italy. “The Family Moskat” is an epic novel tracing the fate of a Jewish family of Warsaw from the period just before World War I to the day the first Nazi bombs fell on the Polish capital.
An American scientist and an Israeli sculptor also won prizes in their respective fields here this week. Prof. Albert Sabin, discoverer of the oral polio vaccine, was awarded the Gold Medal for Medicine at a medical convention, for his contributions to the eradication of polio in Italy. The presentation was made by the Minister of Health. Daniel Nahum took second prize at the international ceramics exhibition at Faenza for a panel depicting the story of Samson and Delilah.