Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Booker and the Independent Team Up for Fiction in Translation Prize

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Booker and the Independent Team Up for Fiction in Translation Prize

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

TWO major book awards are to join forces to put the spotlight on fiction in translation with a PS60,000 prize pot.

The International Man Booker is to abandon its original biennial remit of honouring a major writer for a body of work to collaborate with The Independent newspaper's Foreign Fiction Prize which has celebrated novels in translation for more than 15 years.

From next year, the new Man Booker International Prize will be awarded annually to a single book whether novel or short story collection in translation chosen from a shortlist of six. The winning author and translator will share PS52,000 with PS1,000 for the other writers and translators.

Jonathan Taylor, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said they hoped the award would encourage a greater interest and investment in translation. It would mean all novels published in English in the UK would be eligible for one or other Booker. …

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