Cited for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
"For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time"
"For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation"
"Master of the contemporary short story"
"Who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary"
"Because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality"
"Author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization"
"That epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"
"Who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures"
"Who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms"
"For her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power"