Renowned for her collections of ultra-short stories, 2003 MacArthur Genius Lydia Davis has been awarded the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Beating nine other finalists—from China’s Yan Lianke to fellow American Marylinne Robinson—she joins the ranks of past winners Ismail Kadaré, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth. Judge Christopher Ricks said of her work, “[T]hey have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.” (Photo credit: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.)
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