JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
The celebrated Italian author, Ignazio Silone, 69, will be awarded the biennial “Jerusalem Prize.” an award of the Jerusalem municipality presented in connection with the international book fair. Mayor Teddy Kollek announced that he would make the presentation to Mr. Silone on March 19 at ceremonies officially opening the fair. He said the author has indicated that he would come to Jerusalem to accept it. The prize-winner was selected by a jury of university professors and writers. Previous awards have gone to Lord Russell (Bertrand Russell), Max Frisch and Andre Schwarz-Bart. Mr. Silone, a onetime Communist, fled Italy in 1931 with the rise of fascism and came back in 1944 and Joined the Socialist Party.