Source : Times of India
The Man Booker celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. This highly prestigious award helps bring tales from around the world to an English-speaking audience and populate the name of the author in the international literary world. Last year, the award went to A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman and translated by Jessica Cohen. In a week, the sales of the book increased by 1,367 per cent. Publisher Penguin had to reprint it 10 times because of the rising demand.
A panel of five judges decides the list of books. The panel comprises of authors Michael Hofmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin, Helen Oyeyemi and is chaired by Lisa Appignanesi.
“Judging this Man Booker International Prize has been an exhilarating adventure. We have travelled across countries, cultures, imaginations, somehow to arrive at what could have been an even longer longlist. It’s one which introduces a wealth of talent, a variety of forms and some writers little known in English before. It has great writing and translating energy and we hope readers take as much pleasure in discovering the work as we did.”, said Lisa Appignanesi.