This year’s Man Booker International Prize is won by Israeli Author David Grossman for his novel “A Horse Walks into a Bar” published by Jonathan Cape. He shared the prize with U.S. translator Jessica Cohen, with whom the prize money would be shared evenly.
There were a total of 6 finalists including another Israeli Author Amos Oz. It was selected from a total of 126 books by a panel of 5 judges which included Nick Barley, Daniel Hahn, Elif Shafak, Chika Unigwe and Helen Mort.
Grossman is a bestselling Israeli writer of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, whose works have been translated into 36 languages. He has been the recipient of numerous global awards, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umanitaria, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and Israel’s Emet Prize.
Cohen, who was born in Colchester, England, but raised in Jerusalem, previously translated Grossman’s critically acclaimed To the End of the Land as well as work by other major Israeli writers including Etgar Keret, Rutu Modan, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon, Amir Gutfreund, Tom Segev, and Golden Globe-winning director Ari Folman.
A Horse Walks into a Bar unfolds over the course of one final show by stand-up comedian, Dovaleh Gee. Charming, erratic and repellent – Dovaleh exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. With themes that encompass betrayal between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt and redress, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read.
Last year winner for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 was The Vegetarian by Han Kang. It is rewarded to an author’s “continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage”, and was a recognition of the writer’s body of work rather than any one title. It is sponsored by Man Group an active Investment Management firm.