Philip Roth has won the Man Booker International Prize recognizing a novelist's body of work. The American author whose career spans 50 years and includes a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and the controversial novel
was awarded the USD100,000 prize today in Sydney.
The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living writer for overall contribution to fiction. It is connected to but separate from the better-known Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is awarded each year for a specific book.
Roth beat 12 other short-listed authors, including Britain's John le Carre, Australia's David Malouf and Indian-born Canadian Rohinton Mistry. The prize will be officially presented at a dinner in London in June.