Man Booker International Prize Winner Anounced

June 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 22nd of May Lydia Davis was awarded the 5th Man Booker International Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

This prestigious award is given out every two years to a living author in recognition of his or her achievements in fiction and includes 60,000 pounds in prize money. Unlike the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which chooses a winner based on one novel, the International Prize is in recognition of an author’s entire body of work.

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Lydia Davis is an American writer from Massachusetts. Currently residing in New York, she is a professor of creative writing at the University of Albany.

Davis has received acclaim for her work in two rather different fields of writing; her translation of Marcel Proust’s ‘Du Cote de Chez Swann’ (Swann’s Way) and Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’ as well as her short stories. Some of her short stories are among the shortest ever written and could perhaps be read as poetry or philosophy.

Suggestions have been made to the writer by her publisher that her succunct writing style may be suited to the medium of twitter. “He asked me to try it and I think I might for a while, although I am worried about opening up a new area to keep up with,” she said in response to questions on the subject. So perhaps we will be seeing more of the author online in the future.


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