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Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize

Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize

Flights, a “non-traditional” narrative by acclaimed Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, awarded annually to a fiction work judged to be the year’s outstanding work of translated fiction. Translator Jennifer Croft will share the 50,000 pound prize with Tokarczuk – Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize.

Flights will be published in the U.S. by Riverhead on August 14.

This is the third consecutive year a Penguin Random House U.S. title has won the Man Booker International. Israeli author David Grossman was honored in 2017 for his A Horse Walks into a Bar, translated by Jessica Cohen, and published by Vintage International. And in 2016 Korean author Han Kang won the prize for The Vegetarian, translated by Deborah Smith, and published by Hogarth.

The 2018 five-person panel of judges was chaired by Lisa Appignanesi. She described Tokarczuk’s work as “constellation novels,” whose stories are sent into creative “orbit” by the writer. In the citation, she said, in part: “We loved the voice of the narrative—it’s one that moves from wit and gleeful mischief to real emotional texture and has the ability to create character very quietly, with interesting digression and speculation.” “Tokarczuk,” the chairwoman added, is “a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache … [she] “has written a great many books that sound amazing but which haven’t been translated yet.”

Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize- Tokarczuk and Croft received their award May 22nd in a London ceremony.

Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize

The GBP 50,000 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, has been divided equally between the book’s author and its translator into English, Jennifer Croft.

Flights is a novel of linked fragments, from the 17th century to the present day, connected by themes of travel and human anatomy, the Man Booker Prize website said.

Olga Tokarczuk Man Prize  is a multiple award winner in Poland whose work is gaining recognition abroad.

The Man Booker Prize is a leading literary award in the English-speaking world.

The Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom. Since 2016, it has been given annually to a single book in English translation.