Israeli Author David Grossman Wins Man Booker International Prize


On 14th June 2017, David Grossman was announced the victor of the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

Since 2016, the Man Booker International Prize has been awarded to the best book translated into English.

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"Nachum Barnea, writing in Yediot Ahronot, said, "‎The decision to award that prize to David Grossman attests to the enormous admiration around the world for his literary work and his personality. Over all, Grossman's work beat 126 others to win this honour.

A Horse., published in Britain by Jonathan Cape, saw both the author and the translator being awarded 25,000 pounds each along with a 1,000 pounds for getting shortlisted. "We were bowled over by Grossman's willingness to take emotional as well as stylistic risks: every sentence counts, every word matters in this supreme example of the writer's craft", said Nick Barley, chair of judges and director of the Edinburgh global book festival.

The Vegetarian (Han King), the book that bagged this honour a year ago, was translated from Korean by Deborah Smith.

Grossman is known for his open and direct criticism of Israel for the rights of Palestinians.

B'Tselem spokesman Amit Gilutz welcomed the donation.

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"For nearly 30 years now they have been reporting on human rights violations committed in the occupied Palestinian territories", she said.

The Jerusalem-born Grossman, a best-selling fiction and children's author, has previously won the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

"It's not easy to tell unflattering and uncomfortable truths, and it's certainly not easy to hear them, but it is essential, not only in literature but in life, and I hope that organizations like B'Tselem can continue to do so".

"When I write a story, I don't think of it as an ambassador, or even as an honorary consul".

B'Tselem's work has seen it regularly at odds with Israeli politicians in the current government.

Culture Minister Miri Regev, who has been at war with much of the country's intellectual elite, congratulated Grossman on his victory.

Set in a comedy club in a small Israeli town north of Tel Aviv, the winning novel is about a stand-up comic in crisis, and his disintegration live on stage as he exposes his own personal hell in the course of a single performance.