Anthony Doerr Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr was praised by the judges of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize awards on Monday 20th April for his best selling novel All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set in World War II that rotates between the two main characters, a blind French girl and a young Nazi soldier with radio used as a means of resistance and propaganda. The judges described the story as “short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology“. Doerr went away having won the $10,000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
“Obviously, it’s wonderful,” said the author, adding that he was in Paris enjoying ice cream with his family when his editor called to deliver the news of his win.
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr
When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.