Submitted by The Booker Prizes on Wed, 23/05/2018 - 15:12
We were sorry to learn that Philip Roth, who won the Man Booker International Prize in its previous incarnation in 2011, died on the day that we were awarding the 2018 prize to Olga Tokarczuk and Jennifer Croft. At the time of his win, Rick Gekoski, chair of judges, said of Roth:
‘His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better. In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality. Indeed, his most recent, Nemesis (2010), is as fresh memorable, and alive with feeling as anything he has written. His is an astonishing achievement.’
In an interview given at the time to the Financial Times Roth said, ‘My goal would be to find a big fat subject that would occupy me to the end of my life, and when I finish it I’ll die. What’s agony is starting. I hate starting them. I just want to keep writing now and end when it ends.’ In the end, he never did start on the next book, retiring from writing in late 2012.