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Behind the scenes at this year’s Man Booker International Prize

London's V&A, main hall

Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai has been named as the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

The £60,000 prize highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.

I was there for the announcement of the winner at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday.

Here’s my report:

Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies Wen-chin Ouyang, and novelist Nadeem Aslam, both judges for this year’s prize, speak here about their personal approach to evaluating literary works.



Mr Aslam also speaks about the challenges of judging translated works.


The five-person judging panel also included writer and academic, Professor Marina Warner (the chair), novelist, critic, and Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University Elleke Boehmer, and Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series Edwin Frank.

They announced the ten finalists at the University of Cape Town in South Africa on the 24th of March this year.

In addition to Mr Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, the authors are:

César Aira (Argentina, writes in Spanish), Hoda Barakat (Lebanon, writes in Arabic), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe, writes in French), Mia Couto (Mozambique, writes in Portuguese), Amitav Ghosh (India, writes in English), Fanny Howe (United States, writes in English), Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya, writes in Arabic), Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo, writes in French), and Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa, writes in Afrikaans).

The prize was first awarded in 2005.

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