The Jakarta Post
Laksmi Pamuntjak (seated left) is interviewed about her novel, Alle Farben Rot, on German TV literature program Das Blaue Sofa. (Laksmi Pamuntjak/-)
Poet and writer Laksmi Pamuntjak won on Friday this year’s LiBeraturpreis, a German literary award sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair, for her novel Amba.
Laksmi won the prize after securing the most votes from the public. She defeated other nominees from the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Argentina, Israel and South Africa.
“I am so happy and honored to accept the LiBeraturpreis this year,” Laksmi said in a release sent to The Jakarta Post.
In her acceptance speech, Laksmi gave thanks to the people who had voted for her and to all parties who had supported her from the writing process to the publication and translation of Amba so that it could gain international recognition.
The prize, which is exclusively given to female writers from Africa, Asia and Latin America, picks the winner through public voting. The voting for this year’s award was opened in early May and closed on May 31. (kes)