US writer Philip Roth has been announced as the winner of the fourth Man Booker International Prize. The award and £60,000 prize money is presented to a writer for their “achievement in fiction on the world stage”, organisers said.
Roth, 78, said: “This is a great honour and I’m delighted to receive it.”
His body of work includes the 1997 novel American Pastoral, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. At 26, he wrote his first book Goodbye, Columbus.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Australia, during the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The award will be presented at a formal dinner in London on 28 June, however a spokeswoman said Roth would be unable to attend.
Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1933, Roth’s controversial 1969 novel Portnoy’s Complaint brought him worldwide attention for its graphic depiction of sexuality. Time magazine included the work in a list of the best novels of the 20th century.