Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and English-language translator Jennifer Croft have won the 2018 International Man Booker Prize, which celebrates the “finest works of translated fiction from around the world,” for Flights, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Tokarczuk, a bestselling author in her home country, is the first Polish author to win the International Man Booker.
Read Croft’s essay on what happened when death threats were made against Tokarczuk here.
Tokarczuk and Croft will split a £50,000 prize, and each pair on the shortlist will also receive £1,000:
Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne
Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith
The White Book (Portobello Books)
László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes
The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez
Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright
Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft
Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)