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Agnes Heller Wins Sonning Prize

February 20, 2006

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Hungarian writer and philosopher Agnes Heller won the 2006 Sonning Prize for her efforts to explore European culture, organizers said Monday.

The biennial award established by the University of Copenhagen in 1950 is named after the late Danish writer Carl Johan Sonning.

The award committee cited Heller for describing Europe’s culture during half a century with ``a creative talent, a political cleverness, moral energy and intellectual integrity.″

She will receive the prize in a ceremony April 19. The award, worth $160,000 at current exchange rates, is given to someone who has worked to forward and explore European culture.

Previous recipients include Czech President Vaclav Havel, film directors Krzysztof Kieslowski of Poland and Ingmar Bergman of Sweden and Nobel literature laureates Dario Fo of Italy and Guenter Grass of Germany.

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