Novelist and mythographer heads panel ‘steeped in the literature of all seven continents’Novelist and mythographer Marina Warner, whose books include Alone of All Her Sex, a study of the cult of the Virgin Mary, and Stranger Magic, a “scholarly dissection of the Arabian Nights”, has been named chair of the judges for the Man Booker International prize 2015.The £60,000 prize, which is awarded every two years to a living author in recognition of a body of fictional work on the global stage, was beset by controversy in 2011 when John le Carré asked to be withdrawn from the shortlist saying that he “doesn’t compete for literary awards”, and Carmen Callil quit as a judge in disagreement over the choice of Philip Roth as winner. In the Guardian, Callil wrote: “To give this prize to yet another North American writer, when we had such great writers to choose from (the previous winner was the truly great Canadian writer, Alice Munro) suggests a limited vision, to say the least.”The prize’s winner is chosen solely at the judges’ discretion from a shortlist that they compile – from writing in English or available in English translation – without the usual round of publishers’ submissions …read more

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