Philip Roth wins biennial Man Booker Prize

Wednesday May 18, 2011

US novelist Philip Roth has won the biennial Man Booker International Prize for a body of work which spans over fifty years.

The award differs to the annual Man Booker Prize which is given for a single book.

Rick Gekoski - chair of the judging panel - said: "For more than 50 years, Philip Roth's books have stimulated, provoked and amused an enormous and still expanding audience."

"His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better.

"In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality."

In a video message the Potnoy's complaint author said: " One of the particular pleasures I've had as a writer is to have my work read internationally despite all the heartaches of translation that entails."

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