Olga Tokarczuk's 'extraordinary' Flights wins Man Booker International prize

Olga Tokarczuk's 'extraordinary' Flights wins Man Booker International prize

Announcing the victor at a ceremony in London, head judge Lisa Appignanesi said, Tokarczuk is a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache.

Literary critics in Poland said the prize opens the doors for Tokarczuk's works into the vast English-language literary world, and that some of her other novels are being translated into English.

The Man Booker International described Flights as "a novel of linked fragments from the 17th century to the present day, connected by themes of travel and human anatomy, " in a press release.

For more information about the prize, see the Man Booker website.

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Tokarczuk, 56, was born in Poland. She is the author of eight novels and two short-story collections. The "Books of Jacob" published in 2014 earned her another Nike Award.

Torakczuk and Croft beat Ahmed Saadawi's novel "Frankenstein in Baghdad", a horror story set in Iraq shortly after the 2003 US-invasion, and books by South Korea's Han Kang, Hungary's Laszlo Krasznahorkai, France's Virginie Despentes and Spain's Antonio Munoz Molina.

Tokarczuk, who is a huge literary name in her native Poland was described by The Bookseller a year ago (17) as "probably one of the greatest living writers you have never heard of". She will split the cash with translator Jennifer Croft. She was branded a "targowiczanin" - an ancient term for a traitor - and her publisher had to hire bodyguards for a while to protect her, The Guardian reported. She has been criticised by Polish conservatives and received death threats for criticising aspects of the country's past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.

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