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American writer Lydia Davis wins the Man Booker International Prize 2013. Lydia Davis is known for her very short stores. Her short stories show elements of being analytical, intelligent, crafty and firm.
The Man Booker International Prize is awarded once in two years to an author for “an achievement in fiction on the world stage.” The prize comprises a prize of £60,000 (about $91,000).
The eligible work needs to be original in English or needs to be widely available in translated version.
According to the chairman of the jury awarding the prize, Lydia’s short stories could be classified as “miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.”
Philip Roth won the Man Booker International Prize, 2011.