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Man Booker International Prize: Olga Tokarczuk is first Polish winner

BBC     23rd May, 2018 12:41:10 printer

Man Booker International Prize: Olga Tokarczuk is first Polish winner

 

Olga Tokarczuk has become the first Polish writer to win the Man Booker International Prize.

 

Ms Tokarczuk took the £50,000 prize for her novel Flights. She will split the cash with translator Jennifer Croft.

 

The annual award goes to the best work of translated fiction from around the world. Previous winners include David Grossman and Chinua Achebe.

 

Five judges picked Flights out of 108 submissions, and announced the winner in a ceremony in London.

 

Lisa Appignanesi, who chaired the judges' panel, called Ms Tokarczuk "a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache".

 

In a press release, the Man Booker International describes Flights , as "a novel of linked fragments from the 17th century to the present day, connected by themes of travel and human anatomy".

 

In one of them, the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen discovers the Achilles tendon as he dissects his own amputated leg.

 

The international award, created in 2005, is separate to the Man Booker Prize, which is given to the best original English language novel each year.

 

In a press release, the Man Booker International describes Flights , as "a novel of linked fragments from the 17th century to the present day, connected by themes of travel and human anatomy".

 

In one of them, the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen discovers the Achilles tendon as he dissects his own amputated leg.

 

The international award, created in 2005, is separate to the Man Booker Prize, which is given to the best original English language novel each year.


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