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Wednesday, June 2, 1999 Published at 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK

World: Europe

Grass wins literary award

The German author Gunter Grass has won a prestigious Spanish literary award, the Prince of Asturias prize.

It is the first year that it has been opened to writers in languages other than Spanish.

Mr Grass's books include "The Tin Drum" about a young boy living during the rise to power of the Nazis, and the judges praised his work for bringing together art and social justice.

He will receive over thirty-thousand dollars in prize money. Previous winners of the Prince of Asturias award include the Peruvian author, Mario Vargos Llosa, and the Spanish writer, Camilo Jose Cela.

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