Man Booker International Prize for 2017 given to David Grossman

Highlights:

  • Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for 2017 for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”.
  • He beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.
  • This novel is about a failing standup comic (Dovaleh Greenstein) and his final performance. Grossman shared this prize with book’s translator Jessica Cohen.
  • The prize was previously a career honor, but changed last year to recognize a single book in a bid to increase the profile of international fiction in English-speaking countries.
  • It is worth mentioning that Man Booker International prize is different from the annual Man Booker Prize, which was also known as Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
  • Man Booker International is an offshoot of Man Booker and is given every every two years.