International Booker Prize
The International Booker Prize (formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize) is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom. The introduction of the International Prize to complement the Man Booker Prize was announced in June 2004. Sponsored by the Man Group, from 2005 until 2015 the award was given every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation. It rewarded one author's "continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage", and was a recognition of the writer's body of work rather than any one title.
|International Booker Prize|
Inaugural winner Ismail Kadare
|Awarded for||Best book in English translation|
|Presented by||Man Group|
Crankstart, the charitable foundation of Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman began supporting The Booker Prizes on 1 June 2019. From this date, the prizes will be known as The Booker Prize and The International Booker Prize. Of their support for The Booker Prize Foundation and the prizes, Moritz commented, ‘Neither of us can imagine a day where we don’t spend time reading a book. The Booker Prizes are ways of spreading the word about the insights, discoveries, pleasures and joy that spring from great fiction.’
Whereas the Man Booker Prize was open only to writers from the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe, the International Prize was open to all nationalities who had work available in English including translations. The award was worth £60,000 and given every two years to a living author's entire body of literature, similar to the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Man Booker International prize also allowed for a separate award for translation. If applicable, the winning author could choose their translators to receive a prize sum of £15,000. The 2005 inaugural winner of the prize was Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. Praising its concerted judgement, the journalist Hephzibah Anderson noted that the Man Booker International Prize was "fast becoming the more significant award, appearing an ever more competent alternative to the Nobel".
|2015||László Krasznahorkai||Hungary||George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet||Hungarian|
In July 2015 it was announced that the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize would be disbanded. The prize money from that award would be folded into the Man Booker International Prize, which would now act similarly to the Independent prize: awarding an annual book of fiction translated into English, with the £50,000 prize split between author and translator. Each shortlisted author and translator receives £1,000. Its aim is to encourage publishing and reading of quality works in translation and to highlight the work of translators. Judges select a longlist of 12 or 13 books in March, followed by a shortlist of six in April, with the winner announced in May.
|2016||Han Kang||South Korea||The Vegetarian||Deborah Smith||Korean|
|2017||David Grossman||Israel||A Horse Walks Into a Bar||Jessica Cohen||Hebrew|
|2018||Olga Tokarczuk||Poland||Flights||Jennifer Croft||Polish|
|2019||Jokha al-Harthi||Oman||Celestial Bodies||Marilyn Booth||Arabic|
Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare was named the inaugural International Prize winner in 2005. Head judge, Professor John Carey said Kadare is "a universal writer in the tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer." Kadare said he was "deeply honoured" at being awarded the prize. Kadare was also able to select a translator to receive an additional prize of £15,000. The writer received his award in Edinburgh on 27 June.
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The nominees for the inaugural Man Booker International Prize were announced on 2 June 2005 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was awarded the International Prize for his literary career in 2007. Judge Nadine Gordimer said Achebe was "the father of modern African literature" and that he was "integral" to world literature. Achebe received his award on 28 June in Oxford.
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The nominees for the second Man Booker International Prize were announced on 12 April 2007 at Massey College in Toronto.
Canadian short story writer Munro was named the winner of the prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work. Judge Jane Smiley said picking a winner had been "a challenge", but Munro had won the panel over. On Munro's work, Smiley said "Her work is practically perfect. Any writer has to gawk when reading her because her work is very subtle and precise. Her thoughtfulness about every subject is so concentrated." Munro, who said she was "totally amazed and delighted" at her win, received the award at Trinity College, Dublin on 25 June.
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The nominees for the third Man Booker International Prize were announced on 18 March 2009 at The New York Public Library.
American novelist Roth was announced as the winner on 18 May 2011 at the Sydney Writers' Festival. Of his win, Roth said "This is a great honour and I'm delighted to receive it." The writer said he hoped the prize would bring him to the attention of readers around the world who are not currently familiar with his body of work. Roth received his award in London on 28 June; however, he was unable to attend in person due to ill health, so he sent a short video instead.
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After Roth was announced as the winner, Carmen Callil withdrew from the judging panel, saying "I don't rate him as a writer at all... in 20 years' time will anyone read him?" Callil later wrote an editorial in The Guardian explaining her position and why she chose to leave the panel.
The nominees for the fourth Man Booker International Prize were announced on 30 March 2011 at a ceremony in Sydney, Australia. John le Carré asked to be removed from consideration, saying he was "flattered", but that he does not compete for literary prizes. However, judge Dr Rick Gekoski said although he was disappointed that le Carré wanted to withdraw, his name would remain on the list.
Lydia Davis, best known as a short story writer, was announced as the winner of the 2013 prize on 22 May at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The official announcement of Davis' award on the Man Booker Prize website described her work as having "the brevity and precision of poetry." Judging panel chair Christopher Ricks commented that "There is vigilance to her stories, and great imaginative attention. Vigilance as how to realise things down to the very word or syllable; vigilance as to everybody's impure motives and illusions of feeling."
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The nominees for the fifth Man Booker International Prize were announced on 24 January 2013. Marilynne Robinson was the only writer out of the ten nominees who had been nominated for the prize before.
László Krasznahorkai became the first author from Hungary to receive the Man Booker award. The prize was given to recognise his "achievement in fiction on the world stage". British author Marina Warner, who chaired the panel of judges that selected Krasznahorkai for the award, compared his writing to Kafka and Beckett. Krasznahorkai's translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet, shared the £15,000 translators' prize.
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Han became the first Korean author to win the prize and, under the new format for 2016, Smith became the first translator to share the prize. British journalist Boyd Tonkin, who chaired the judging panel, said that the decision was unanimous. He also said of the book "in a style both lyrical and lacerating, it reveals the impact of this great refusal both on the heroine herself and on those around her. This compact, exquisite and disturbing book will linger long in the minds, and maybe the dreams, of its readers."
- Nominees (shortlist)
- José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Daniel Hahn (translator), for A General Theory of Oblivion
- Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (translator), for The Story of the Lost Child
- Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas (translator), for The Four Books
- Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Ekin Oklap (translator), for A Strangeness in My Mind
- Robert Seethaler (Austria), Charlotte Collins (translator), for A Whole Life
- Nominees (longlist)
- Maylis de Kerangal (France), Jessica Moore (translator), for Mend the Living
- Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia), Labodalih Sembiring (translator), for Man Tiger
- Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo), Roland Glasser (translator), for Tram 83
- Raduan Nassar (Brazil), Stefan Tobler (translator), for A Cup of Rage
- Marie NDiaye (France), Jordan Stump (translator), for Ladivine
- Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan), Deborah Boliver Boehm (translator), for Death by Water
- Aki Ollikainen (Finland), Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah (translator), for White Hunger
Grossman became the first Israeli author to win the prize, sharing the £50,000 award with Cohen. The chair of the judging panel, Nick Barley, who is the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, described the book as "an ambitious high-wire act of a novel [that] shines a spotlight on the effects of grief, without any hint of sentimentality. The central character is challenging and flawed, but completely compelling." The novel won over 126 other contenders.
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- Nominees (shortlist)
- Mathias Énard (France), Charlotte Mandell (translator), for Compass
- David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen (translator), for A Horse Walks Into a Bar
- Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett and Don Shaw (translators), for The Unseen
- Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra (translator), for Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
- Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange (translator), for Judas
- Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell (translator), for Fever Dream
- Nominees (longlist)
- Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak (translator), for Swallowing Mercury
- Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay (translator), for War and Turpentine
- Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson (translator), for The Traitor's Niche
- Jón Kalman Stefánsson (Iceland), Phil Roughton (translator), for Fish Have No Feet
- Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas (translator), for The Explosion Chronicles
- Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson (translator), for Black Moses
- Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire (translator), for Bricks and Mortar
- Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft (translator), for Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) Riverhead Books (USA))
Tokarczuk is the first Polish author to win the award, and shared the prize with Croft. Lisa Appignanesi, the chair of the judging panel, described Tokarczuk as a "writer of wonderful wit, imagination, and literary panache."
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- Nominees (shortlist)
The shortlist of six books was announced on 12 April 2018 at an event at Somerset House in London.
- Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne (translator), for Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
- Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith (translator), for The White Book (Portobello Books)
- László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (translators), for The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
- Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez (translator), for Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
- Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright (translator), for Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
- Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft (translator), for Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- Nominees (longlist)
- Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor (translator) for The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)
- Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne (translator), for The Impostor (MacLehose Press)
- Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky (translator), for Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)
- Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff (translators), for Die, My Love (Charco Press)
- Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare (translator), for The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)
- Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk (translator), for The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)
- Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer (translator), for The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)
The longlist for the ninth Man Booker International Prize was announced on 12 March 2018. The winner was announced on 22 May 2018 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The 2019 prize was judged by Bettany Hughes (Chair), Maureen Freely, Angie Hobbs, Pankaj Mishra and Elnathan John. The longlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced on 13th March 2019. The shortlist was announced on 9 April 2019. The winner was announced on 21 May 2019; Jokha Alharthi is the first author writing in Arabic to have won the Man Booker International Prize.
- Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Oman), translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press)
- The Years by Annie Ernaux (France), translated from the French by Alison L Strayer (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann (Germany), translated from the German by Jen Calleja (Serpent's Tail)
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
- The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean (MacLehose Press)
- The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran (Chile), translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes (And Other Stories)
- Love in the New Millennium by Can Xue (China), translated from the Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (Yale University Press)
- At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong (South Korea), translated from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell (Scribe)
- Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf (Palestine-Iceland), translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright (Granta)
- Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli (France), translated from the French by Sam Taylor (Portobello)
- Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)
- The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg (Sweden), translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner (MacLehose Press)
- The Death of Murat Idrissi by Tommy Wieringa (The Netherlands), translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett (Scribe)
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