Man Booker International Prize
|Man Booker International Prize|
Inaugural winner Ismail Kadare
|Awarded for||Best English (or available for translation into English) fiction|
|Presented by||Man Group|
The Man Booker International Prize is a biennial international literary award given to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.
The introduction of the International Prize was announced in June 2004. The award, which is sponsored by the Man Group, complements the Man Booker Prize and rewards one author's "continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." Therefore the award is a recognition of the writer's body of work, rather than any one title. The judges for the year compile their own lists of authors and submissions are not invited.
While the Man Booker Prize is only open to writers from the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe, the International Prize is open to all nationalities. The award is worth £60,000 and an author can only win once. The Man Booker International prize also allows for a separate award for translation. The winning author can choose a translator of their work into English to receive a prize sum of £15,000. A similar prize to the Man Booker International Prize is the Neustadt International Prize for Literature which is like the Man Booker International Prize awarded biennially. In contrast, the Nobel Prize in Literature, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Franz Kafka Prize are each awarded annually.
The inaugural winner was Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. He was followed by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe in 2007 and two years later, Canadian writer Alice Munro, was named the winner of the award. In 2011 the prize was awarded to American Philip Roth. Praising its concerted judgement, the journalist Hephzibah Anderson has noted that the Man Booker International Prize "is fast becoming the more significant award, appearing an ever more competent alternative to the Nobel".
Award winners 
|2005||Ismail Kadare||Albania||Albanian||Albanian literature|
|2007||Chinua Achebe||Nigeria||English||Nigerian literature|
|2009||Alice Munro||Canada||English||Canadian literature|
|2011||Philip Roth||United States||English||American literature|
Winners per country 
Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare was named the inaugural International Prize winner in 2005. Head judge, Professor John Carey said Kadare is "a universal writer in the tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer." Kadare said he was "deeply honoured" at being awarded the prize. Kadare was also able to select a translator to receive an additional prize of £15,000. The writer received his award in Edinburgh on 27 June.
- Judging panel
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was awarded the International Prize for his literary career in 2007. Judge Nadine Gordimer said Achebe was "the father of modern African literature" and that he was "integral" to world literature. Achebe received his award on 28 June in Oxford.
- Judging panel
Canadian short story writer Munro was named the winner of the prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work. Judge Jane Smiley said picking a winner had been "a challenge", but Munro had won the panel over. On Munro's work, Smiley said "Her work is practically perfect. Any writer has to gawk when reading her because her work is very subtle and precise. Her thoughtfulness about every subject is so concentrated." Munro, who said she was "totally amazed and delighted" at her win, received the award at Trinity College, Dublin on 25 June.
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American novelist Roth was announced as the winner on May 18, 2011 at the Sydney Writers' Festival. Of his win, Roth said "This is a great honour and I'm delighted to receive it." The writer said he hoped the prize would bring him to the attention of readers around the world who are not currently familiar with his body of work. Roth received his award in London on 28 June; however, he was unable to attend in person due to ill health, so he sent a short video instead.
- Judging panel
- Rick Gekoski (Chair)
- Carmen Callil (withdrew in protest over choice of winner)
- Justin Cartwright
After Roth was announced as the winner, Carmen Callil withdrew from the judging panel, saying "I don't rate him as a writer at all... in 20 years' time will anyone read him?" Callil later wrote an editorial in The Guardian explaining her position and why she chose to leave the panel.
The nominees for the fourth Man Booker International Prize were announced on 30 March 2011 at a ceremony in Sydney, Australia. John le Carré asked to be removed from consideration, saying he was "flattered", but that he does not compete for literary prizes. However, judge Dr Rick Gekoski said although he was disappointed that le Carré wanted to withdraw, his name would remain on the list.
To be announced.
- Judging Panel
The nominees for the fifth Man Booker International Prize were announced on 24 January 2013. Robinson is the only writer out of the ten nominees who has been nominated for the prize before. The winner will be announced in London on 22 May 2013.
See also 
- The Man Booker Prize for Fiction
- The Man Asian Literary Prize
- The National Book Award
- The Russian Booker Prize
- The Prix Goncourt
- The Neustadt International Prize for Literature
- The Franz Kafka Prize
For a more comprehensive overview a list of literary awards is available.
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