I was happy to receive the news today that the wonderful Shaun Tan
is the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011.
I remember the emotion when I first met him through The Red Tree
at a Bologna book fair a few years ago
The jury’s citation reads as follows:
Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities
for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing
is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are
fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.
Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization
is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth.
People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation.
He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.
Tan, born in 1974, has already received a number of literary awards,
including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2009 for Tales from Outer Suburbia
and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award in 2007 for The Arrival.
The Arrival (2006)
At this year’s Academy Awards, Shaun won the Oscar for best animated short film
for The Lost Thing, based on his book of the same title.
Flinch cover art
See you soon!