Philip Roth up for International Man Booker prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011
Philip Roth

Philip Roth

American author Philip Roth is in the running for the 2011 Man Booker International prize.

Mr Roth, whose 31st book Nemesis was published last year, is one of 13 finalists for the prize, which has been given out biennially since 2005 and is worth £60,000.

The 78-year-old author of Portnoy's Complaint has won several prestigious awards in the past, including America's National Book Award twice and a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. He has been a finalist for the Man Booker International finalist on two previous occasions, in 2005 and 2007.

Many of his books have dealt with Jewish subjects, including his 2004 novel The Plot Against America, which imagined an alternate reality in which the US refused to fight Adolf Hitler.

Australian Jewish writer David Malouf, author of the 1993 book Remembering Babylon is also one of the final 13.

The judges will announce the winner on June 28.

Last updated: 3:45pm, March 30 2011