Wager on the Man Booker International Prize WinnerPublished May 6, 2013 by OCR Editor
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The Man Booker International Prize is a biennial international literary prize of £60,000 awarded to a living author for a body of work published in English (or generally available in English translation); however, the winner can be from any country around the world.
2013 is the fifth year the Man Booker International Prize is being awarded. Previous winners include well-known and somewhat expected names, from Doris Lessing and Milan Kundera to Amos Oz and Joyce Carol Oate, but this year the literary public agrees that most of the finalists are quite surprising.
This is the first year there have been five judges instead of three, reading their way around the world to find candidates. No one can nominate or submit candidates for the prize other than by the judges' who have chosen some unexpected authors this year.
The finalists were announced at the end of January by chair of judges Sir Christopher Ricks at the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival. Check out each finalist's odds and place your bets at William Hill Sportsbook.
Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) 3/1
Marilynne Robinson* (USA) 4/1
Yan Lianke (China) 6/1
Aharon Appelfeld (Israel) 7/1
Lydia Davis (USA) 9/1
Intizar Hussain (Pakistan) 10/1
Josip Novakovich (Canada) 10/1
Peter Stamm (Switzerland) 10/1
U.R. Ananthamurphy (India) 10/1
Marie N'Diaye** (France) 12/1
*The only finalist to have been nominated in the past.
** At 45 years old, she is the youngest finalist to date.
Announcing a Winner
The announcement of this year's winner will be made at a dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on May 22. Will your pick take home the prize? Stay tuned to find out!