Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai on 19 May 2015 won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for 2015. His name was announced as the sixth winner of the award at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
With this award, Krasznahorkai born in 1954 received a cash prize of 60000 pound. He joined the league of other awardees, namely Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare (2005), Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe (2007), Canadian author Alice Munro (2009), and American writer Philip Roth (2011) and American writer Lydia Davis (2013).
Innovative Hungarian writer Krasznahorkai gained recognition in 1985 with his book Satantango, which later was adapted for the cinema in collaboration with the filmmaker Bela Tarr.
Awards and Honours conferred on Laszlo Krasznahorkai
• In 1993, he received the German Bestenliste Prize for the best literary work of the year for The Melancholy of Resistance.
• He has been honoured with numerous literary prizes, amongst them the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize.
• Krasznahorkai and his translator George Szirtes won the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Satantango
• He won the Best Translated Book Award in the US two years in a row, in 2013 for Satantango and in 2014 for Seiobo Their Below
The judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize was chaired by writer and academic Marina Warner.
About Man Booker International Prize
Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award given every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.
The Man Booker International Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
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When: 19 May 2015