Poland's Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International Prize

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk smiles after winning the Man Booker International Prize 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, for her book Flights, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

"Tokarczuk is a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache", said head judge Lisa Appignanesi, adding, "I think picking up "Flights" will be an experience for anyone".

Tokarczuk will evenly split the 50,000 pound prize [66,750 USD] with her translator to English Jennifer Croft, reported The Guardian.

Her novel is a combination of tales of modern day travel with the story of a 17 century anatomist who performed dissection on his amputated leg. "We really felt this is a prize that has an interventionist quality - it allows writers to be better known in Britain, and in the English language, than they have been previously".

First Polish writer to win Man Booker prize has odd relationship with ...

WARSAW, Poland-Poland's deputy culture minister said Wednesday he is happy that author Olga Tokarczuk is the first Pole to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction. The "Books of Jacob" published in 2014 earned her another Nike Award. She has been criticised by Polish conservatives and received death threats for criticising aspects of the country's past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.

The book had echoes of writers W.G. Sebald and Milan Kundera, she added, but Tokarczuk "inhabits a rebellious, playful register very much her own".

Other books on the shortlist included Vernon Subutex 1 by French author Virginie Despentes, The White Book by South Korea's Han Kang, The World Goes On by Hungarian László Krasznahorkai, Like a Fading Shadow by Spanish Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi.

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