Asked about his reaction to winning the prize -- and still being under consideration for others -- Ferrari responded joyfully: "I don't believe it. I will tell you, I am happy to have lived this at least once in my life because if someone had told me this story, I would not have believed it. Believe me, I am going to celebrate a long time. And many times. What is happening right now, I was not expecting it. Not even one little bit. I thought that returning to a rural theme for a novel was going to be fatal for me."
Ferrari has just been appointed professor of philosophy at the Lycée français of Abu Dhabi, which he says gives him a good distance from all of the hubbub over his win. "It is very good to be over there, in effect," he said. "If I was in Paris or even in Ajaccio, I think I would have more trouble avoiding my tendency towards obsessiveness. I am settling into a new job, a new life, which makes these preoccupations a little healthier." The rest of the interview is worth a read.
In Stockholm, 150 artists have been given carte blanche to create art on the walls of the subway system. You can take a look at the results -- in 90 of the 100 stations have been redecorated -- in this video from Agence France-Presse.