The Man Booker Not-So-International Prize?

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 The Guardian reports that “Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel” – composed of herself, “rare book dealer and author Rick Gekoski, who acted as chair, and novelist Justin Cartwright” – due to the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.”


3 thoughts on “The Man Booker Not-So-International Prize?

  1. Surprisingly the Americans won the Baseball World Series too! They also killed Obama…

    Wow, this year is shaping up pretty swell for them!

    1. In a recent informal survey in the US, conducted by a friend of a friend of mine, people were asked what percentage of the world’s population was accounted for by US citizens. The most common answer 50%! Now I have to state that this survey was conducted in New Mexico, but still…

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