JERUSALEM (JTA) — British author Ian McEwan was chosen to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize.
The biennial prize, which will be awarded next month in a ceremony on the opening night of the Jerusalem Book Fair, is Israel’s highest literary honor for foreign writers. The award is given to an author whose works best exemplify the "freedom of the individual in society."
McEwan is the author of "Amsterdam," "Atonement" and "On Chesil Beach."
Previous Jerusalem Prize winners include Japanese author Haruki Murakami in 2009, Arthur Miller in 2003 and Susan Sontag in 2001.