Mar 30 2011
The shortlist for the biannual Man Booker International Prize, awarded to a writer for his or her achievement in fiction, has been announced.
The thirteen finalists are: Wang Anyi (China), Juan Goytisolo (Spain), James Kelman (UK), John le Carré (UK), Amin Maalouf (Lebanon), David Malouf (Australia), Dacia Maraini (Italy), Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada), Philip Pullman (UK), Marilynne Robinson (US), Philip Roth (US), Su Tong (China), Anne Tyler (US).
John le Carré, via a letter from his publisher, has written to the committee to say that he is "enormously flattered" but "I do not compete for literary prizes and have therefore asked for my name to be withdrawn."
Chair of judges Rick Gekoski says that "John le Carré's name will, of course, remain on the list. We are disappointed that he wants to withdraw from further consideration because we are great admirers of his work."
The winner will be named at the Sydney Writers' Festival on May 18 and honored in a ceremony inLondon on June 28.
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