Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International prize | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2019

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International prize

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Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk has the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction for Flights.

The five novels include, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Ahmed Saadawi), The White Book (Han Kang) were finalist.

Flights is a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy. It combines tales of modern-day travel with the story of a 17th century anatomist who dissected his own amputated leg and the journey of composer Frederic Chopin’s heart from Paris to Warsaw after his death. The judging panel led by writer Lisa Appignanesi called Flights a witty, playful novel in which “the contemporary condition of perpetual movement” meets the certainty of death. Ms. Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s best-known authors. She has been criticised by Polish conservatives and received death threats for criticising aspects of the country’s past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism. The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English. The £50,000 ($67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator, Jennifer Croft.

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