French Author Wins 2021 International Booker Prize

French Author Wins 2021 International Booker Prize

Author's Corner

David Diop, a French author who spent his life between Senegal and France, has won the 2021 International Booker Prize for his second novel, At Night All Blood Is Black,  alongside his translator, Anna Moscovakis. He is the first French author to ever win this award.   The book, written in 2018, received many accolades, including the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and the Swiss Prix Ahmadou-Kourouma. In 2020 the book was translated into English by Moscovakis, making it eligible for the International Booker Prize. The story follows Alfa Ndiaye, a Senegalese man, as he fights with the French army during …

The International Booker Prize: A Big Prize for Small Presses

The International Booker Prize: A Big Prize for Small Presses

Book Culture

The International Booker Prize, for those who don’t know, is an annual award presented in the UK. The award was originally biannual and available to writers of English and foreign authors with English translated books; however, since 2016, the award has become exclusive to translated texts.   The longlist for this year’s award, though, seems to be something quite special. Generally, most nominees for the prize come from big-shot publishers or were simply big-shot writers. This year, the focus is on the little guys. According to Dr. Richard Mansell, the number of nominated books translated by the “Big Five” of …