Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize

May 25, 2015

Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won this year's Man Booker International Prize worth nearly $114,000. The £60,000 prize is awarded to one author for a body of work in fiction.

"Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful," said Marina Warner, who chaired the judging panel, when announcing the winner.  

Krasznahorkai is the author of Satantango and The Melancholy of Resistance, among other works. He called the win "a huge surprise" during the awards ceremony at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Krasznahorkai was selected from a list of 10 authors shortlisted for the award this year.

The prize is awarded once every two years. Previous winners include Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro, Philip Roth and Lydia Davis.

A £15,000 or more than $28,000 Cdn translators prize is being split between George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet. Szirtez translated Satantango and The Melancholy of Resistance, while Mulzet translated Seiobo There Below, which is another one of Krasznahorkai's works.