J.M. Coetzee Receives Inaugural Mahindra Award for the Humanities

22 Oct 2018
J.M. Coetzee Receives Inaugural Mahindra Award for the Humanities

Congratulations to PEN SA Honorary Member J.M. Coetzee, who has received the inaugural Mahindra Award for the Humanities from the Mahindra Center for the Humanities, Harvard University.

The award, which is named after Anand G. Mahindra ’77 and his wife Anuradha Mahindra, was created this year, says its director Homi K. Bhabha, to “celebrate the work and vision of an internationally renowned public figure whose career has contributed significantly to the flourishing of the arts and humanities.” The award will be presented every two years.

Reports stated that Coetzee treated the audience at the ceremony “to thoughts about his earliest reading and the concept of a mother tongue.”

Reports about the award may be found from Harvard’s student press here and from its website here.

(Photo by Olivia Falcigno for the Harvard Gazette)

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