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Israeli Author David Grossman Wins Man Booker International Prize

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Israeli author David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar."

From 2016, to encourage more publishing and reading of the finest global fiction in translation, the Man Booker International Prize awards both the winning author and translator £25,000 ($31,903) each.

The novel was translated by Jessica Cohen.

Grossman and Cohen were presented the award at a ceremony in London.

All the six shortlisted authors received £1,000 ($1276) each.

Grossman, 63, is the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize.

Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 judging panel, said Grossman has attempted "an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he's pulled it off spectacularly". He described the book as "the supreme example of the writer's craft."

Selected from 126 titles by a panel of five judges, "A Horse Walks Into a Bar" tells the story of a stand-up comedian living in a small Israeli town who falls apart on stage in front of an audience.

With themes that encompass betrayal between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt and redress, "A Horse Walks into a Bar" is a shocking and breathtaking read.

A bestselling writer of fiction, non-fiction and children's literature, Grossman has won several global awards. His works have been translated into 36 languages.

Cohen, who was born in Colchester, England, but raised in Jerusalem, previously translated Grossman's critically acclaimed To the End of the Land as well as work by other major Israeli writers.

The prize is sponsored by London-based investment management firm Man Group, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

by RTT Staff Writer

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