Israeli author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize 2017

  • Israeli author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize 2017
16-06-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’ by David Grossman has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize, 2017. The novel was translated by Jessica Cohen and is published in Britain by Jonathan Cape.

Celebrating the finest global fiction in translation, the Man Booker International Prize awarded both the winning author and translator 25000 British Pound.

The Man Booker Prize authorities said “A Horse Walks Into a Bar unfolds over the course of one final show by stand-up comedian, Dovaleh Gee. Charming, erratic and repellent – Dovaleh exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.”

David Grossman was born January 25, 1954 in Jerusalem and is a bestselling Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, whose works have been translated into 36 languages. He addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his 2008 novel, To the End of the Land. Since that book's publication he has written a children's book, an opera for children and several poems. His 2014 book, Falling Out of Time, deals with the grief of parents in the aftermath of their children's death. He has been the recipient of numerous global awards, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umanitaria, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and Israel’s Emet Prize.

On the other hand, Jessica Cohen was born in Colchester, England, but raised in Jerusalem. She previously translated Grossman’s critically acclaimed To the End of the Land as well as work by other major Israeli writers including Etgar Keret, Rutu Modan, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon, Amir Gutfreund, Tom Segev, and Golden Globe-winning director Ari Folman.

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