Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk bags Man Booker International Prize

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk bags Man Booker International Prize

Announced Tuesday at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Man Booker International Prize is handed out by the same organization that awards the Man Booker Prize for fiction, celebrating the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The 50,000-pound ($67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator.

Croft translates from Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian, and is a founding editor of the Buenos Aires Review.

"It isn't a traditional narrative", said chair of judges Lisa Appignanesi, pointing to Tokarczuk's own description of her writing as "constellation novels" to describe an author who throws her stories into orbit, allowing her readers to form meaningful shapes from them. "[It] moves from wit and gleeful mischief to real emotional texture".

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Literary critics in Poland said the prize opens the doors for Tokarczuk's works into the vast English-language literary world, and that some of her other novels are being translated into English.

The Polish is quite popular in her home country.

Poland's first ever writer to win the Man Booker International Prize said Wednesday she is happy that her book has been given a new life on an international scale and that it is attracting attention to Poland's authors.

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In her 2014 novel "The Book of Jacob" she presented the Polish audience with a very different historical reality than the one usually celebrated, that of harmonious Polish-Jewish relations as coined by Polish national poet Adam Mickiewicz. But I'm very pleased to say that we decided on the great Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk as our victor.

Polish Senator Waldemar Bonkowski [Law and Justice Party] slammed the author when the book was published for her depiction of Polish history. Previous winners include David Grossman and Chinua Achebe.

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