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David Grossman became the first Israeli writer who won the Pulitzer prize

Late in the evening of June 14 it became known that the 63-year-old Israeli writer David Grossman’s novel «came the horse in a bar» was awarded the man Booker international literary prize (The Man Booker International Prize) for best novel translated into English. He became the first Israeli to be awarded this prize.

Information about Grossman international award «Booker» was published on the official website of the award.

A prize of 50 thousand pounds Grossman will share with the translator of this novel into English by Jessica Cohen.

After news of the award, in an interview to the newspaper «Yediot Ahronot» David Grossman spoke warmly about his «friend and teacher» Amos Oz, who with the novel «Jude» is also included in the shortlist for the International man Booker prize in 2017.

In addition to Grossman and oz in the shortlist of the international «Booker» in this year came Matias ENAR (France), Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Dorti North (Denmark) and Samantha Sublin (Argentina). All of them, like the translators of their works into English, received one thousand pounds reward.

Booker prize (The Man Booker Prize) – one of the most prestigious awards in the world of English literature. Until 2013 it was awarded to the author, living in one of the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland or Zimbabwe, for a novel written in the English language. With the 2014 season the prize is awarded for a novel written in English, regardless of the nationality of the author.

Since 2005 also awarded the international Booker prize (The Man Booker International Prize) for his novels translated into English.

Grossman became the winner of international man Booker prize. The traditional name of the winner of the Booker prize – awarded to writers who write in English- will be known on October 17. Last year this prize was awarded to American writer Paul Beatty’s novel for the «Sale».

David Grossman. Brief biography

Writer David Grossman was born in Jerusalem on 25 January 1954. He served in the IDF, including during the Yom Kippur war (October 1973). He graduated from Hebrew University, where he studied philosophy and theater.

Worked as a leading radio station «Kohl Israel». In 1988 he left radio to protest against any restrictions on the freedom of journalists.

Is a consistent supporter of left-wing ideology.

The first book was published in 1979. For my first novel, «Smile kid» received the Literary prize of the Prime Minister of Israel. Based on the novel was also filmed. In 1986 he published the novel, «See. the article «Love»» about the lives of Jews who survived the Holocaust. In 1987 he published a series of articles documentary «Yellow time», condemning the occupation. A detective-adventure novel Grossman «s someone to run With» (2000) became a bestseller, it was also filmed.

In 2006, Grossman’s son URI, who served in the Israeli army, was killed in the fighting during the Second Lebanon war. In 2007 Grossman at the ceremony awarding him the literary prize, the EMET refused to shake hands with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, because they believed him guilty in the death of his son.

In 2010, signed the appeal of the group of Israeli artists to boycott the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

In January 2016, criticized the government of Israel for the «freezing of the peace process» and expressed satisfaction that the EU has started to mark the «stigma» food grown for the «green line.»

In June of 2017 became the first Israeli writer to be awarded the international man Booker prize.

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David Grossman became the first Israeli writer who won the Pulitzer prize 15.06.2017

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