Lydia Davis is this year’s Man Booker International Prize winner.
The Prize, worth £60,000, is awarded for an achievement in fiction on the world stage.
Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the judges, said her “writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a kind. Just how to categorise them? They have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.”