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Literary Awards: Booker Prizes

International Booker Prize Winner - 2023

Georgi Gospodinov (Георги Господинов), Bulgaria

(photo by "Mrs Robinson" at Bulgarian Wikipedia - Image in the public domain, taken and reproduced with the author's permission)

International Booker Prize Winner - 2022


Geetanjali Shree (गीतांजलि श्री), India

(photo by R. Schein - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

International Booker Prize Winner - 2021

David Diop, International Booker Prize winner 2021

David Diop, France
(photo by Hermance Triay)

International Booker Prize Winner - 2020

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (self portrait) / CC BY-SA

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, The Netherlands

International Booker Prize Winner - 2019

Jokha al-Harthi (جوخة الحارثي), Oman

Booker Prize Winner 2023 - PAUL LYNCH

Paul Lynch (Limerick, Ireland, 1977) won the 2023 Booker Prize with his fifth novel, Prophet song. Set in a near future Ireland, the book follows the life of a mother and scientist who fights to keep her family together as Ireland slips into totalitarianism after the rise of the right-wing National Alliance party..

Below, the official video of the announcement during the award ceremony, with Lynch's acceptance speech

Booker International Prize Winner 2023 - GEORGI GOSPODINOV

Georgi Gospodinov (Георги Господинов, Yambol, Bulgaria, 1968) is the International Winner for 2023, the first Bulgarian writer to receive the accolade. Along with his American translator, Angela Rodel, Gospodinov won with Time Shelter (or. Времеубежище, Vremeubezhishte), his third novel. Set in a cutting-edge mental clinic where each space is decked with memorabilia from a different decade of the 20th Century to try and restart memories in patients with Alzheimer's disease, the novel describes through the words of an unnamed narrator (and also a professional collector of those items) how the experiment takes a darker turn when more and more healthy people begin to also look for shelter in the clinic to escape the confusion of contemporary life.

Below, panel chair Leïla Slimani announces the 2023 winner:

Booker Prizes

Since 2002, the Booker Prize Foundation is responsible for the Booker award. In 2005, the Institution also established the bi-annual International award (to become annual, with different rules, from 2016 onwards).

Booker Prize

The prize was launched in 1969 with the aim to promote the reading of quality fiction in the UK and has since become the leading British literary award. Every year it rewards the best original full-length novel written in the English language by a British, Irish or Commonwealth author and first published in the year leading up to the award.

International Booker Prize

The prize started in 2005 as a biennial event awarding living international writers for their achievement in fiction for a body of work either published originally in English or translated into the English language, in consideration of their literary contribution to fiction on the world stage. Starting in 2016, it evolved into an annual award for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK. Novels and collections of short stories alike will be eligible.


Booker Prize winners in the past 5 years