The Man Booker International Prize 2018

Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, has been name the winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Olga Tokarczuk is a multiple award winner and bestseller in Poland whose work is now gaining recognition in the English-speaking world. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1989. She is the author of eight novels and two short-story collections. Her winning novel, 'Flights' is set across the 17th century to the present day and is connected by themes of travel and human anatomy.

The international prize is awarded to both the author and the translater . Jennifer Croft translated Flights from Polish to English. She translates from Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian, having studied for an MFA in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa and lived in Argentina and Poland. She now lives in Los Angeles, and she is a founding editor of the Buenos Aires Review.

A panel of five judges chose from 108 submissions for the international award. Lisa Appignanesi OBE, author and cultural commentator chaired the judges who also consisted of: Michael Hofmann, poet, reviewer and translator from German; Hari Kunzru, author of five novels including The Impressionist and White Tears; Tim Martin, journalist and literary critic, and Helen Oyeyemi, author of novels, plays and short stories including The Icarus Girl.

Lisa Appignanesi comments: ‘Our deliberations were hardly easy, since our shortlist was such a strong one. But I’m very pleased to say that we decided on the great Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk as our winner: Tokarczuk is a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache. In Flights, brilliantly translated by Jennifer Croft, by a series of startling juxtapositions she flies us through a galaxy of departures and arrivals, stories and digressions, all the while exploring matters close to the contemporary and human predicament – where only plastic escapes mortality.’

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