Calling him the “most decorated living American writer,” a panel named Philip Roth the winner of the Man Booker International Prize on Wednesday, an honor awarded every two years to an author for extraordinary work in fiction. The decision prompted one of the judges to withdraw from the panel.
That was Carmen Callil, the founder of Virago, the eminent UK feminist press. The International Man Booker, as opposed to the annual, is for a body of work. Callil said Roth “goes on and on about the same subject in every book.” She’ll have an essay about it in the Saturday Guardian.