Goethe Prize 2011 laureate, Adonis , born as Ali Ahmad Said Esber, smiles during the awarding ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday Aug. 28, 2011. Syrian-born poet Adonis has become the first ... more 
Goethe Prize 2011 laureate, Adonis , born as Ali Ahmad Said Esber, smiles during the awarding ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday Aug. 28, 2011. Syrian-born poet Adonis has become the first Arabic-speaking author to receive one of Germany's most prestigious literary awards, the Goethe Prize of the city of Frankfurt. Adonis fled his homeland for political reasons as a young man. He now lives in Paris but still writes in Arabic. The jury praised Adonis for bringing modern European ideas and critical thinking into current Arab culture by using classic poetic images based in the traditions of Arabic poets. The Goethe Prize, worth 50,000 euro (US $72,000), is awarded every three years on Aug. 28 - Goethe's birthday - to someone whose works are deemed to reflect the spirit of the German literary giant. (AP Photo/dapd/ Mario Vedder) less 
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