Philip Roth awarded Man Booker International Prize
18th May 2011
Philip Roth has been named the winner of the Man Booker International Prize in recognition of his 50-year career in literature.
The Nemesis and American Pastoral author was chosen from a strong shortlist including Philip Pullman, Anne Tyler, David Malouf, Su Tong and Marilynne Robinson, as well as John le Carre – who unsuccessfully asked for his name to be withdrawn from the list.
Announcing the winner at the Sydney Writers' Festival, Rick Gekoski, chair of the judges, said Roth's books have 'stimulated, provoked and amused' readers and paid tribute to his longevity.
'His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level and keeps getting better. In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality,' Gekoski added.
The previous recipients of the Man Booker International Prize, which was launched in 2005, include Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe and Ismail Kadare.