Arnon Grunberg



Lydia Davis won the Man Booker International Prize 2013. She was awarded the prize last week, but for some reason I missed the news.
I met Lydia Davis this spring in Brussels at a festival where she read a brilliant short story (see this entry) and where she mistook the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom for the Belgian author Pierre Mertens, which caused some interesting confusion.

The Sidney Morning Herald appeared to be flabbergasted by the jury’s decision: ‘An author who pens stories the length of a sentence has scooped this year's Man Booker International Prize.


One of her shortest stories, A Double Negative, read simply: "At a certain point in her life, she realises it is not so much that she wants to have a child as that she does not want not to have a child, or not to have had a child."’

(Read the complete article here.)

I can completely relate to this short story. And the length of it must be welcomed by all time-pressured readers.

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