...Lydia Davis. Lydia Davis has just been awarded the fifth Man Booker International Prize at
an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The judges - Professor Sir Christopher Ricks, Elif Batuman, Aminatta
Forna, Yiyun Li and Tim Parks - recognised that crafting spare,
philosophical and original works, however short, is not for the lazy at
all but takes time, skill and effort.
The Prize, worth £60,000, is awarded for an achievement in fiction on
the world stage and Davis's achievements are writ large despite often
using startlingly few words (some of her longer stories only stretch to
two or three pages).
Davis has written only one novel - The End of the Story
a title that both suggests the humour that runs through her work and
that is comprehensively gainsaid by the award of the Man Booker
For more information, see the Manbookerprize website
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