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Man Booker International Prize travels to India

Man Booker International Prize travels to India

The city of Jaipur will play an important role in the Man Booker International Prize 2013. The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, the largest and liveliest literary festival in Asia-Pacific, will host the press conference to announce the judges’ list of finalists on 24 January. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 22 May.

The five judges for the Man Booker International Prize 2013 – the scholar and literary critic Sir Christopher Ricks (Chair), author and essayist Elif Batuman, writer and broadcaster Aminatta Forna, novelist Yiyun Li and author and academic Tim Parks – will be in the city to announce their list of the writers who are under serious consideration for the prize. On the same day the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival will also host a public panel discussion with the judges, which will be followed by a reception for invited guests at the City Palace in Jaipur.

The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.  Worth £60,000 to the winner, 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; there are no submissions from publishers. Previous winners have been Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005). In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable, the winner can choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.

Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, Co-Directors of  DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, said:

“Our Festival is a vast and vibrant celebration of world literature, like the Hindu Kumbh mela, an annual pilgrimage but for writers. We are looking forward to welcoming the judges of the Man Booker International Prize alongside writers and readers from across India and beyond to celebrate the best in the written and spoken word.”

Fiammetta Rocco, Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, commented,

“The Man Booker International Prize is delighted to be working with the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, widely acknowledged to be one of the most prestigious international festivals. India is an increasingly important centre for contemporary literature, with many Indian authors having been recognised by the annual Man Booker Prize.”