Israeli writer David Grossman (63) has won the prestigious Man Booker International Award for 2017 in London for his latest novel ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’.According to the New York Times, “Grossman defeated his colleague Amos Oz and four other contenders of the prize on Wednesday night, which is honored for translating foreign language novel writers into English.
The amount of the prize money of 50,000 pounds (41 lakh 21 thousand 200) will be equally divided into Grossman and novel translator Jessica Cohen.The novel revolves around a standup comedian. She turns into a painful moment of life in the last show in her local club. Its judges praised the work of the novel’s ambitious high criterion.
Award-winning panelist Nick Barley said that the book exposes the effect of sadness without any signs of sentiment. They said, ‘We are influenced by the emotional, as well as the risks of Grossman’s special way, every sentence.’
Grossman was born in Jerusalem in 1954. He started his career as a journalist. He was fired from the public radio for criticizing Israeli public on public radio.
Grossman is composing literature since the 1970s. In his works, ‘The Gigajag Kid’, ‘Sea Under Love’ and ‘The Book of Intimate Grammar’ have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Grossman is known for his opposition to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and for his support for the peace process. His son Uri was confronted in the Israeli-Hedgehollah conflict in 2006.