Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld named to Mann Booker shortlist

Published on Friday, 25 January 2013 by Webmaster

Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld named to Mann Booker shortlist
Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was named to the shortlist for the Mann Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

Appelfeld, 80, was among 10 authors from around the world who were chosen for the prestigious prize in 2013. The winner will be announced in May.

Appelfeld writes fiction in Hebrew — a language he learned in his teens after escaping a German concentration camp, joining the Soviet army and living in a displaced persons camp in Italy before arriving in pre-state Israel in 1946. Most of his work focuses on Jewish life in Europe before, during and after World War II.

Others on the shortlist are Lydia Davis and Marilynne Robinson of the United States; U R Ananthamurthy, India; Intizar Husain, Pakistan; Yan Lianke, China; Marie NDiaye, France; Josip Novakovich, Canada; Vladimir Sorokin, Russia; and Peter Stamm, Switzerland.

The winner of the Man Booker International prize will be announced in London on 22 May 2013. A translated winner may award a prize of £15,000 to one of their translators into English. The previous winners of the accolade are the American novelist Philip Roth, the Canadian short story writer Alice Munro, the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe and the Albanian author Ismail Kadare, who won the inaugural prize in 2005.

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