The 2011 Man Booker International Prize Finalists Announced – Le Carre Bows Out

Thirteen selected finalists have been announced for the fourth Man Booker International Prize. The monetary award recognizes one writer for his or her accomplishments in fiction.

Of the 2011 finalists, The Man Booker site states, “The authors come from eight countries, five are published in translation and there are four women on the list. One writer has previously won the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction and two have been shortlisted.”

How does The Man Booker International Prize differ from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction? The Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been around for over 40 years and aims to reward “the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.” The Man Booker International Prize, however, was just launched in 2005, has a higher monetary reward, and recognizes one writer for his or her overall achievement in fiction.

“The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage,” the official site states. “In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel.”

The 2011 finalists from the USA this year include Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, and Anne Tyler. Interestingly, John le Carre withdrew his name from the list. Le Carre’s literary agents, Curtis Brown, released this statement to the Booker site:

“I am enormously flattered to be named as a finalist of (the) 2011 Man Booker International Prize. However I do not compete for literary prizes and have therefore asked for my name to be withdrawn.”

The winner will be announced on May 18, 2011 at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Click over to The Man Booker International Prize FAQ’s for more information on the Prize and its sponsors.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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