The American author Lydia Davis won the Man Booker International Prize for 2013. The winner of the fifth Man Booker International Prize was announced at an awards function held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The award is worth £60,000 and is bestowed as recognition to the writer’s achievement in fiction rather than for a single title.
The 65-year-old winner has six collections of short stories published. The notable stories include The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories, Break it Down, Varieties of Disturbance, The Cows among others. Davis has written only one novel – The End of the Story.
The author has also translated French classics including Gustave Flaubert‘s Madame Bovary. She was honoured with the French Government’s Order of Arts and Letters for the best translation in English. Davis is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Albany.
The panel of judges included literary critic Sir Christopher Ricks, author and essayist Elif Batuman, writer and broadcaster Aminatta Forna, novelist Yiyun Li and author Tim Parks. Others in the shortlist included U.R. Ananthamurthy (India), Aharon Appelfeld (Israel), Intizar Husain (Pakistan), Yan Lianke (China), Marie NDiaye (France), Josip Novakovich (Canada), Marilynne Robinson (USA), Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) and Peter Stamm (Switzerland). Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005) are the previous winners of the prize.
The Man Booker International Prize is distinct from The Man Booker Prize, as it is awarded every 2 years to recognise a living author for the valuable contribution to fiction. The prize was introduced in June 2004 and is sponsored by the Man Group. Publishers cannot submit authors’ works for the prize, like they do for the Man Booker Prize for fiction.