One of the most important awards in literature this year was given to Georgi Gospodinov for his novel Time Shelter.
Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov and the translator of his novel, Angela Rodel, are the first Bulgarian writer and translator duo to win the Booker Prize. Gospodinov is the most popular author in Bulgarian literature, and his work has been translated into twenty-five languages. The award is the most prestigious in the book industry, next to the Nobel Prize, and instantly elevates the winner to celebrity status. The Booker is open to entries from anywhere in the world for works of fiction available in English translation. As the judges read the translations rather than the originals, the £50,000 prize is shared between the author and the translator.
Gospodinov began writing his novel Time Shelter in 2016, when, as he recalls, Donald Trump was elected US president and Brexit was passed. The book is about a clinic that offers patients an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment. To improve the patients’ memory, the atmosphere of past decades is recreated in minute detail. After a while, however, the clinic begins to overflow with healthy people who want to escape the horrors of modern life.
Source: The Guardian
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