February 17, 2018

Man Booker Names First Crop of International Prize Contenders

By LJ Staff

Judges for the new Man Booker International Prize announced the first group of global authors vying to win the award. The 18 authors hail from 13 countries and ten are writers in translation. They include Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, Gunter Grass, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, John Updike, and A.B. Yehoshua. The winning scribe will be announced in early June and the £60,000 ($114,500) purse will be presented at a London ceremony later in the month. The International Prize differs from the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it honors a writer’s ‘overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.’