London, May 20 (MTI) – “Innovative Hungarian writer” Laszlo Krasznahorkai was announced the winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London late on Tuesday.
Krasznahorkai was chosen from a list of ten contenders from around the world, the website of the prominent literary prize said. The Man Booker International Prize, worth 60,000 pounds, is awarded for an achievement in fiction on the world stage, it added.
Announcing the winner, Marina Warner commented that “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. The Melancholy of Resistance, Satantango and Seiobo There Below are magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto transcendence. Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, has been superbly served by his translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet.
Krasznahorkai, who had been honoured with numerous literary prizes, amongst them the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize, has chosen to split the 15,000 pounds translator’s prize between two translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet, the statement said.