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.