French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2008. In its formal announcement, the Swedish Academy honored him as an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization."
J. M. G. Le Clézio is a distinguished French author with over 30 novels, essays, story collections and translations to his credit. He received much attention with his first novel, Le Procès-Verbal, published in 1963 and Désert, published in 1980. Among Le Clézio's most recent works are Wandering Star, published by Curbstone Press in 2004 (A Lannan Translation Selection, translated by C. Dickson), a deeply moving novel about a two young girls caught up in the turmoil of the Middle East, who aspire for peace--Esther, a Jewish girl who takes part in the founding of Israel, and Nejma, a Palestinian girl who becomes a refugee.