Lydia Davis wins the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction

The fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction has been awarded to an author who pens stories the length of a single sentence.


lydia-davisAmerican author Lydia Davis was awarded the prize money of £60,000 for her body of work which consists largely of short fiction, some very short. Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the judges, said:

“[Her] writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a kind. Just how to categorise them? They have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.”

Also a novelist, essayist and translator, Davis is considered highly influential in the literature community, especially among some of America’s new generation of novelists such as Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers.

This prize is presented once every two years for ‘achievement in fiction on the world stage’ and previous winners are Ismail Kadare (Albania), Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Alice Munro (Canada) and Philip Roth (America).

You can read more about the prize announcement on the Man Booker website.