Horse trots off with the prize

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Gross­man’s will­ing­ness to take emo­tional as well as stylis­tic risks – ev­ery sen­tence counts, ev­ery word mat­ters in this supreme ex­am­ple of the writer’s craft,” Bar­ley added.

Since he started writ­ing in the late 1970s af­ter being fired from pub­lic ra­dio fol­low­ing anger over his crit­i­cal cov­er­age of the au­thor­i­ties, Gross­man has won nu­mer­ous Is­raeli and in­ter­na­tional awards.

His 1986 novel See Un­der: Love is seen by a num­ber of crit­ics as his masterpiece, delv­ing into the Holo­caust dur­ing World War II and the gen­er­a­tion of Jews that fol­lowed.

Other works in­clude The Yel­low Wind, a pre­scient non­fic­tion look at Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion ahead of the first Pales­tinian in­tifada (up­ris­ing) that erupted in 1987.

His 2008 novel To The End Of The Land, pub­lished af­ter the death of his son Uri, con­tem­plates the ef­fects of war while por­tray­ing Is­raeli life.

Gross­man’s works have been trans­lated into more than 30 lan­guages and he also re­ceived France’s award to recog­nise con­tri­bu­tions to the arts, the Che­va­lier de l’Or­dre des Arts et des Let­tres, in 1998.

In 2011 he was part of a group of seven promi­nent writ­ers from around the world to ap­peal to the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to sanc­tion the Syr­ian Gov­ern­ment over its ac­tions in the civil war which be­gan that year.

The in­ter­na­tional edi­tion of Bri­tain’s Man Booker Prize was in­tro­duced in 2005 and up to last year was awarded in recog­ni­tion of a body of work by a liv­ing au­thor whose books are writ­ten or avail­able in English.

From last year the prize has been given for a sin­gle work of fic­tion that has been trans­lated into English and pub­lished in Bri­tain.

The prize was won last year by South Korean au­thor Han Kang for The Veg­e­tar­ian, which got onto best­seller lists around the world af­ter the win. – AFP Re­laxnews

Prize judges say one rea­son Gross­man’s novel won is be­cause it demon­strates his will­ing­ness to take emo­tional and stylis­tic risks. — AFP

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