Olga Tokarczuk Awarded Man Booker International Prize
Date: 22 May 2018
Awarded by : Man Group
Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2018. The prize was given for her book Flights. With this, she became the first Polish writer to ever win the prize. The prize money for the award is 50,000 GBP. It will be split with her translator Jennifer Croft.
Olga Tokarczuk’s Life & Career
The Polish novelist and short story writer is an established name in Poland and a best selling author. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw. The novel Flights beat out competition from four other shortlisted names.
Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2018.
Among them were Han Kang and Laszlo Krasznahorkai, who have been awarded the prize before. Flights explores a curious mixture of human anatomy and travel. It centres around the Dutch anatomist who discovered the Achilles tendon while exploring his own amputated leg. The narrative extends from the 17th century happenings to present day.
The Man Booker International Award
The Man Booker International Prize was created in 2005. It aims to honor books in non-English languages. It is separate from the prestigious Man Booker Prize that is awarded to the best English novel of the year.
The Man Booker International Prize was created in 2005.
David Grossman and Chinua Achebe have been previous awardees of the Man Booker International Prize. While the winner gets a cash prize of 50,000 GBP, all the four other nominees get 1,000 GBP each. This year, there were 108 submissions for consideration.
The winner was announced at a ceremony in London. The five member committee cited the wonderful wit and panache of Ms. Toakrczuk, besides the genius of Flights. Vernon Subutex, Ahmed Sadwi and Antonio Munez also made the shortlist for the Man Booker International.
Quick Facts of Man Booker International Award
- This is the third year that the Man Booker International has been awarded for a novel.
- Before 2016, the prize was awarded every two years to an author as a lifetime achievement award.
- In 2016, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was also disbanded and prize money was merged with the Booker International.
- The first winner of the prize was Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare.
- In 2011, it was awarded to noted American novelist Philip Roth.