2017 Booker International Prize

Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize, announced at a ceremony in London last night, for his novel, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, (PRH/Knopf; HighBridge Audio; OverDrive Sample; OverDrive Audio Sample). He shares the award with Jessica Cohen who translated the novel from Hebrew.

The award is given to books translated into English by the same British organization that awards the influential Man Booker Prize for Fiction awarded to novels originally written in English. That award will be announced  in October.

A review of the book in the Washington Post calls Grossman, “the distinguished, urbane author of 13 previous morally sensitive works of fiction and nonfiction,” a man quite different from the  “wild and coarse” main character of the novel, a “captivating and horrific [stand-up comic with] a routine that’s disgusting and authentically human.” The review also gives credit to the translator Jessica Cohen, for turning “the performance into fluent, American-style patter, bad-a-bing bad-a-boom.”

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