Philip Roth Wins 2011 Man Booker International Prize

Philip Roth is today announced as the winner of the fourth Man Booker International Prize at a press conference at the Sydney Opera House. Roth was chosen from a list of 13 eminent contenders.

The Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000, is awarded for an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It is presented once every two years to a living author for a body of work published either originally in English or widely available in translation in the English language. It has previously been awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005, Chinua Achebe in 2007 and Alice Munro in 2009.

Rick Gekoski, Chair of the judging panel, commented today:

“For more than 50 years Philip Roth’s books have stimulated, provoked
and amused an enormous, and still expanding, audience. His imagination has not only recast our idea of Jewish identity, it has also reanimated fiction, and not just American fiction, generally.

The other contenders for the Man Booker International 2011 were:

Juan Goytisolo (Spain)
James Kelman (UK)
John le Carré (UK)
Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)
David Malouf (Australia)
Dacia Maraini (Italy)
Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)
Philip Pullman (UK)
Marilynne Robinson (USA)
Su Tong (China)
Anne Tyler (USA)
Wang Anyi (China)

Roth’s award will be celebrated at a formal dinner in London on 28 June 2011.

See full article here.

Geosi Reads says a big congratulations to Philip Roth.


12 Responses to Philip Roth Wins 2011 Man Booker International Prize

  1. zibilee says:

    Yay Philip! So glad to hear this!


  2. amymckie says:

    Eh I’m not a fan of Roth’s works, but I guess most others are so a good choice for the prize. heh.


    • Geosi says:

      Thanks for your comment. I did read your your review on his latest book, Nemesis and I see you did not enjoy it. I really have to read him to make my judgments.


  3. Adura Ojo says:

    Certainly a great achievement and not an easy one to get. Congratulations to Roth.


  4. winstonsdad says:

    I m on fence on this like some of his books he is a great writer but has written some stinkers ,Id preffered goytisolo myself the man is a legend in spain ,all the best stu


  5. JoV says:

    He is up against some very famous authors. I haven’t read any of his books, perhaps I may start with American Pastoral or The Plot against America. which all sounds very intriguing.


  6. anto says:

    I am really fond of Philip Roth’s books. Only great emotions and I would like to memorise every single word of his books as they are font of reflection for my mind


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