BERLIN (AP) – The famed German philosopher Juergen Habermas said on Sunday he would not accept the UAE’s high-priced literary award, which overturned an earlier verdict.
A 91-year-old woman, Germany’s most famous contemporary philosopher, told German news site Spiegel Online: “I declare that I am willing to accept the Sheikh Zayed Book Award this year. Let me fix it here. “
In a statement, which his publisher Suhrkamp Verlag forwarded to Spiegel Online, Habermas added, “I have not identified as close to myself as to the institution which provides these awards in Abu Dhabi. With the political system that exists there & rdquo;
On the front page of the Zayed Book Award, Habermas is named “Cultural Personality of 2021” in recognition of a career spanning more than half a century.
Said the winner in each of the eight award categories will receive a prize of 750,000 UAE dirhams ($ 204,200).