Tokarczuk will evenly split the 50,000 pound prize [66,750 USD] with her translator to English Jennifer Croft, reported The Guardian. She is the author of eight novels and two short-story collections.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk smiles after winning the Man Booker International Prize 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, for her book Flights, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A trained psychologist, Tokarczuk considers herself a disciple of Carl Jung and cites his psychology as an inspiration for her literary work.
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"Flights" recounts a sheaf of stories on Tokarczuk's theme, including the 17th century tale of Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg and the 19th century story of Chopin's heart as it makes the covert journey from Paris to Warsaw after his death.
The Man Booker International Prize is awarded by the same organisation that gives the Man Booker Prize for fiction. She won the award again in 2015 for The Books Of Jacob, a novel about the 18th-century Polish-Jewish religious leader, Jacob Frank.
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Tokarczuk is a bestselling author in Poland, where she has won numerous awards and is a household name.
Tokarczuk, who is a huge literary name in her native Poland was described by The Bookseller past year (17) as "probably one of the greatest living writers you have never heard of". Her other work "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" was denounced by a Polish news agency as "a deeply anti-Christian [work] that promoted eco-terrorism". She has also received death threats or criticizing aspects of the country's past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.
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