American author Philip Roth was awarded the Man Booker International Prize this week. The award is worth £60,000. The Guardian reports that “Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel” – composed of herself, “rare book dealer and author Rick Gekoski, who acted as chair, and novelist Justin Cartwright” – due to the decision.
In her Guardian Review column, Callil also writes of her disappointment that the prize failed to celebrate writers in translation – the shortlist also included the Chinese authors Wang Anyi and Su Tong, the Spanish Juan Goytisolo, Italian Dacia Maraini and Lebanese Amin Maalouf – honouring instead “yet another North American writer”.
The chair of the award added: “Obviously [writers in translation] have a disadvantage and there’s no sense pretending they don’t, of being read in translation. They are disenfranchised in that way.”