Jhumpa Lahiri, premio Frank O´Connor
Simplificación administrativa: el jurado del premio de cuentos Frank O´Connor decidió cortar por lo sano, no presentar una shortlist y declarar una colección de relatos de Jhumpa Lahiri como la ganadora absoluta del concurso dada la altísima calidad, que le sacaba varios cuerpos de entaja a los demás, de su libro. Se lleva 35,000 euros dice The Guardian:
The judges - Granta fiction editor Rosalind Porter, Cork City chief librarian Liam Ronayne and Irish Times Literary correspondent Eileen Battersby - were immediately and unanimously convinced the book should win. "With a unanimous winner at this early stage we decided it would be a sham to compose a shortlist and put five other writers through unnecessary stress and suspense," explained the award's director, Pat Cotter. "Not only were the jury unanimous in their choice of Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth as the winner, they were unanimous in their belief that so outstanding was Lahiri's achievement in this book that no other title was a serious contender." Lahiri will now travel to Cork to be presented with the award at the end of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story festival on September 21 - the day when the prize was originally scheduled to be revealed.
La nota dice algo más sobre Unaccustomed Earth :
In what will be a shock to writers and publishers, Lahiri's collection of eight stories examining different aspects of the Bengali migrant experience has seen off authors including Booker winners Anne Enright and Roddy Doyle. But the book is already a publishing sensation: published this spring, it went straight into the New York Times's fiction charts at number one. It is an unprecedented feat for a short story writer which the paper compared to "a comet landing", so rarely does a serious writer make this kind of commercial impact. Indeed, unusual success has been the hallmark of her career since she published her first book of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, in 1999, winning the Pulitzer prize and selling 600,000 copies - another very rare feat.