I t has been confirmed that Chilean author Isabel Allende will travel to Odense this September to receive the 2011 Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, a newly-established prize given to authors who best embody the spirit of the revered Danish children’s writer in their work.
The 69-year-old writer – whose 1982 novel ‘The House of The Spirits’ is particularly well known in this country after Danish director Billie August adapted it for a 1993 film starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close – learned last June that she will join Harry Potter creator JK Rowling as the only ever recipients of the prize.
“I am happy and proud that Odense will yet again receive another great international author,” city councillor Steen Mooler told Chilean media. “As a native citizen of this city, it is exciting to welcome an author whose magical universe shares so much with that of HC Andersen.”
Allende, whose other works include the trilogy ‘Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar’ and ‘Portrait in Sepia’, will be presented with the prize, which comes with a 500,000 kroner purse, on September 30 by Princess Mary.