29.5.13

Lydia Davis Wins Booker International Prize 2013

Work of American author and translator recognised
Lydia Davis
From Julie Bosman (The New York Times):
Lydia Davis, the American writer known for her very short stories, has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize.

The award, announced in London on Wednesday, is given every two years to a living author for “an achievement in fiction on the world stage.” It is accompanied by a prize of £60,000, or about $91,000. Eligible work must be published originally in English or widely available in translation.

Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the judges, said in a statement that Ms. Davis’s writings “fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a kind. Just how to categorise them? They have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.” [Read More]

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