French author wins Booker Prize

Photo: Booker Prize David Diop

French author David Diop has won the International Booker Prize for his novel At Night All Blood is Black. The winner was announced by the chair of the judges, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, during a virtual ceremony streamed across the awards' Facebook page and YouTube channel from Coventry Cathedral in the UK.

In April, six authors were shortlisted for the honour out of 125 candidates. The selected works were At Night All Blood Is Black, translated into English by Anna Moschovakis; The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, by Mariana Enriquez (Argentina), translated by Megan McDowell; When We Cease to Understand the World, by Benjamin Labatut (Spain), translated by Adrian Nathan West; The Employees, by Olga Ravn (Denmark), translated by Martin Aitken; The War of the Poor, by Éric Vuillard (France), translated by Mark Polizzotti; and In Memory of Memory, by Maria Stepanova (Russia), translated by Sasha Dugdale.

The International Booker Prize has been awarded annually to a foreign-language novel translated into English since 2005. The financial award of £50,000 ($64,000) is split between the author and the translator. Last year's prize went to Marieke Lucas Rijneveld for her novel Discomfort of Evening, translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison.

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