Amos Oz wins Kafka literary prize

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli author Amos Oz won the International Franz Kafka literary prize.

The annual prize was announced Monday in the Czech Republic. It is chosen by an international jury and carries a $10,000 prize.

Oz will receive the award and the prize from the Franz Kafka Society in October in Prague.

One of Israel’s most widely read and best-known writers, Oz has won many awards, including the Israel Prize, and his books have been translated into dozens of languages. For several years he has been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Past Kafka prize winners include the American novelist Philip Roth; British playwright Harold Pinter; and Vaclav Havel, a playwright who became the Czech president.