Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Philip Roth wins the Man Booker International Prize

The fourth edition of the Man Booker International Prize – it's given out only every two years – was awarded to Philip Roth last night. The prize is worth £60,000 and honours a writer's body of work. Roth, and American novelist, has been writing since the 1960s and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral, among other big awards.

That sort of literary pedigree may make him sound like an good choice for the award, but Man Booker judge Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the panel because of it. Callil, an author and publisher, said "he goes on and on about almost the same subject in every single book." Not having read any Roth, I can't weigh in, but it is interesting to see some of the controversy that exists on a judging panel come to light.
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Image shown a photo of Philip Roth from The Telegraph.

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