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Philip Roth wins Man Booker International prize / Literature
Philip Roth, chronicler of 'the sexually liberated Jew in postwar America', beats stellar shortlist to take the fourth Man Booker International prize
Philip Roth, giant of American letters, has won the 2011 Man Booker International award.
The author, a perennial contender for the Nobel prize in literature, was named winner of the Man Booker International at the Sydney Writers' Festival in May 2011, beating a stellar, if eclectic, shortlist. Also in the running were the British children's author Philip Pullman, award-winning Chinese writer Su Tong, American authors Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson, Australia's David Malouf and a reluctant John le Carré, who had asked – unsuccessfully – for his name to be withdrawn from contention.
However one of the judges was not satisfied with that choice. Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel after decision to give award to writer whose work she considers a case of 'Emperor's clothes'. Dismissing the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Callil said that "he goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe".
"I don't rate him as a writer at all. I made it clear that I wouldn't have put him on the longlist, so I was amazed when he stayed there. He was the only one I didn't admire...
Продолжение читайте в журнале English4U №6 (июнь 2011) на который можно подписаться или купить здесь.