International Booker Prize, David Diop

International Booker Prize : First French to win this award

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David Dop has won the International Booker Prize for fiction.

  • David is the first French author to win the prize, a counterpart to the prestigious Booker Prize for English-language fiction.
  • The £50,000 prize will be split between Diop and the book’s translator – US author and poet Anna Moschovakis.
  • At Night All Blood is Black” by French writer David Diop beat five other finalists to take the 50,000-pound ($70,000) prize, which is open to fiction in any language that has been translated into English.
  • It fended off competition from five other shortlisted titles, including Éric Vuillard’s The War of the Poor.
  • Diop’s novel, which was published in French in 2018, resonates with present-day debates about racism and colonialism.

About the book :

  • At Night All Blood Is Black (French: Frère d’âme, lit. ’Soul brother’) is a novel by French author David Diop.
  • First published in French on August 16, 2018, by Éditions du Seuil, it won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens that same year.
  • It was published in the UK by Pushkin Press and in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • The novel is narrated by Alfa Ndiaye, a Senegalese soldier fighting for the then-imperial power France during World War I, and charts his descent into madness on the battlefield.

More about David :

David Diop (born 1966) is a French novelist and academic.
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