Jim Crace wins literary prize
British author Jim Crace on Wednesday won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the most lucrative literary prizes in the world, for his novel “Harvest.”
Crace beat out nine other writers, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (“Americanah”) and Colum McCann (“TransAtlantic”). The award is worth about $112,000.
“It has been an overwhelming surprise and a delight to discover that my latest book has won the IMPAC Dublin award,” Crace said in a news release, adding that “Harvest” joins “the distinguished and twenty-year-long list of fiction honoured by this truly international and discriminating award. No writer could hope for more than that.”
“Harvest” tells the story of a week in a tiny English village, where residents become concerned about the arrival of three strangers and a mysterious fire that burns down a stable and a dovecote in the town.
In The Times, David L. Ulin called the novel “deftly written” and “tightly plotted.” “He’s been hinting at retirement since 2008 or so,” Ulin said, “but in many ways this book feels like a summing up.”