The "Ovidius" top award, in value of 10,000 euros of the 9th edition of the International festival Days and Nights of Literature was conferred to one of the best known French literature personalities, novelist, essay author, philosopher and journalist Jean d'Ormesson.
The ceremony of awarding the excellence prizes of the festival, event organized by the Writers Union in Romania, in partnership with Mangalia Town Hall, took place in Neptun resort /southeastern Romania/.
Former editor of "Le Figaro" publication, member of the French Academy, with philosophical and literary works of art marked by a humanistic spirit, Jean d'Ormesson has good knowledge of Romanian language, the laureate reminding at the ceremony that he had the honor of knowing Eugene Ionescu and Emil Cioran.
The festival award, in value of 5,000 euros, went to the Canadian novelist of Malaysian-Chinese origin Madeleine Thien.
The approximately seventy guests participating in this festival, including writers, translators, editors, critics and literary press editors, came from Romania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Hungary. AGERPRES