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László Krasznahorkai wins prestigious American book prize

László Krasznahorkai’s novel Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming (Báró Wenckheim hazatér) has won the American National Book Prize for foreign language translations.

Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai was shortlisted for the prestigious American National Book Prize earlier this year, for his book translated into English by Ottilie Mulze. The novel was published in America under the title Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

Krasznahorkai thanked his American publisher, readers and translator after receiving his award. “It’s a huge pleasure to be able to cross these difficult boundaries through our translators and be in homes in the United States,” he said.

Publishers submitted more than 1,700 books this year. The finalists were selected by a jury of writers, critics, booksellers and other important figures on the literary scene. At the gala dinner, each winner received a prize of US$10,000.

The National Book Award is considered the second most important literary recognition in the United States after the Pulitzer Prize. Winners are announced in the fiction, non-fiction, poetry, youth and foreign language categories.

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