Man and literature

Man sponsors major literary prizes and events around the world

Man is deeply committed to fostering the advance of literature and literacy around the world. It does so with a combination of sponsorship and charitable giving, having sponsored the pre-eminent literary award for achievement, the Man Booker Prize, since 2002, and the Man Booker International Prize since its launch in 2005.

The Man Booker Prizes

 

The Man Booker Prize

"The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. The aim of the prize, which receives worldwide press attention, is to promote excellence in fiction by recognising the best full-length novel published by a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the Republic of Ireland, in the year of the prize.

The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales."
Source www.themanbookerprize.com

Man first took on the sponsorship of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2002. During his speech to the Guildhall audience at the 2011 Prize Awards, Jon Aisbitt, Chairman of Man, said that Man is "delighted to announce tonight that we have signed a new sponsorship agreement with the Booker Foundation for 10 more years of the Man Booker Prize."

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 winner

 


Source: The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 was won by Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Previous winners

 

Year Author Title Country
2014 Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North Australia
2013 Eleanor Catton The Luminaries New Zealand
2012 Hilary Mantel Bring up the Bodies United Kingdom
2011 Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending United Kingdom
2010 Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question United Kingdom
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall United Kingdom
2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger India
2007 Anne Enright The Gathering Ireland
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss India
2005 John Banville The Sea Novel Ireland
2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty United Kingdom
2003 DBC Pierre Vernon God Little Australia
2002 Yann Martel Life of Pi Canada

 

The Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

Worth £60,000, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers. In addition, there is a separate award for translation and the winner may choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.

The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer's body of work rather than a single novel.

The Man Booker International Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 winner

 


Source: Man Booker International Prize
László Krasznahorkai
László Krasznahorkai was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 on Tuesday 19 May 2015.
László Krasznahorkai was born in 1954. He gained considerable recognition in 1985 when he published Satantango which he later adapted for the cinema in collaboration with the filmmaker Bela Tarr. In 1993, he received the German Bestenliste Prize for the best literary work of the year for The Melancholy of Resistance and has since been honoured with numerous literary prizes, amongst them the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize. Krasznahorkai and his translator George Szirtes were longlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Satantango and Krasznahorkai has won the Best Translated Book Award in the US two years in a row, in 2013 for Satantango and in 2014 for Seiobo Down Below, both published by New Directions.
Krasznahorkai chose to split the £15,000 translator’s prize between two translators, George Szirtes (who translated Satantango and The Melancholy of Resistance) and Ottilie Mulzet (who translated Seiobo There Below). Szirtes is a Hungarian-born poet who came to the UK as a refugee. He has won a number of prizes for his poetry, including the T S Eliot Prize. He has also translated Sándor Márai amongst others. Ottilie Mulzet is a Hungarian translator of poetry and prose, as well as a literary critic. She has worked as the English-language editor of the internet journal of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Prague, and her translations appear regularly at Hungarian Literature Online.

Recent winners

 

Year Author Country
2015 László Krasznahorkai Hungary
2013 Lydia Davis USA
2011 Philip Roth USA
2009 Alice Munro Canada
2007 Chinua Achebe Nigeria
2005 Ismail Kadaré Albania

 

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